Chikungunya not fatal, unlike dengue: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

A debate has started on this but I am not competent to decide, said Satyendar Jain

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2016 12:38 pm
satyendar jain, satyendra jain, delhi health minister, AAP, aam aadmi party, AAP news, dengue in delhi, dengue symptoms, chikungunya Delhi Health minister Satyendar Jain. (Express File Photo)

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain today said unlike dengue, chikungunya in itself cannot cause death, even as the city continued to grapple with the vector-borne disease that has claimed at least ten lives. He said Union Health Minister J P Nadda supports his opinion in this regard. Jain however, added he was “not competent” to ascertain the cause of the mounting fatalities.

“A debate has started on this but I am not competent to decide. Only doctors and scientists will be able to take a call on why they died…Nadda ji told me no one died of chikungunya in the entire country. People die directly of dengue. But medical literature says normally people do not die of chikungunya,” he said.

Jain’s latest assertion came two days after he accused the media of creating panic over the issue. Chikungunya is “not fatal”, he had said. Doctors say that chikungunya is not a life-threatening disease in general, but in rare cases leads to complications that prove fatal, especially in children and elderly.

Watch Video Chikungunya & Dengue Cases Rise

Hitting out at the media yet again, Jain said it was showing only one side of the story and was not interested in bringing out the hard work being put in by doctors and staffers of the government hospitals. “It all depends on what you want to show. There may be few shortcomings but doctors and staff of all the hospitals are working very hard. It seems our dictionary has only one word, criticism. “All the 12 Delhi government-run hospitals have good arrangements in place. 2,000 beds are empty. No patient will be denied treatment. We are ready to treat each and every patient,” he said.

The Union Health Ministry is already probing the chikungunya deaths in the national capital. A senior official of the ministry had said that if somebody is already under treatment (for dialysis or under cancer treatment) and then the patient contracts chikungunya and dies, it is not considered a chikungunya death.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. I
    Sep 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm
    Google health minister
    1. I
      IML sood
      Sep 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm
      Why meddling you heads what can you expect from incomplete and inefficient Khujli's ministers.Like him they are dumb, new to the decorative jobs,enjoying all facilities and perks.Clic example is their chief joker,does not have any responsibility but sitting on CM post,roaming,ranting rather abusing everyone,playing tricks here and there,wasting public hard earned money on publicity to shine the image of his anarchist party.
      1. O
        Outraged Indian
        Sep 15, 2016 at 2:54 pm
        Let's all welcome chikungunya👏
        1. Jaya Hariharan
          Sep 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm
          The Minister deserves a "honorary doctorate" - if not a "full fledged degree" for his INVENTION! The Doctors serving in the AIIMS and other reputed hospitals should undergo a training programme under this GREAT DOCTOR!.
          1. M
            M Vyas
            Sep 15, 2016 at 2:58 pm
            Hospitals in Delhi under AAP govt run and managed are working fine said this minister..Then why AK is in Banglore for his treatment..Call him back and admit him in one of this hospital in general ward and let his wife administer.
            1. Load More Comments