Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain Saturday appealed to residents of the capital to devote at least 30 minutes of their time to clean their surroundings. He said this would prove to be an effective measure in the fight against dengue and chikungunya, as the capital has witnessed a spike in these diseases.
Taking preventive measures was imperative, said Jain, adding, “People should check their surroundings. In Delhi, there are 42 lakh households. Spare 30 minutes of your time and focus on your surroundings. Check your empty flowerpots, bottles… anything that can hold water, where mosquitoes breed. Keep yourself covered.”
Earlier, the Delhi government had shared helpline numbers of municipal corporations, which residents can call to make inquiries or request fogging of their area. “I have received complaints about the fogging helpline not being answered. I have called a meeting to discuss the matter,” said the minister.
Saying there were adequate arrangements in place to treat patients suffering from chikungunya, Jain spoke of his recent meeting with Union Health Minister J P Nadda. He had urged Nadda to reserve at least 10 per cent beds in hospitals run by the central government for dengue and chikungunya patients.
“Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College have all agreed. So, 1,000 additional beds would now be available in hospitals,” he said.