August 9, 2016 3:54:17 am
With the capital reporting 52 cases of dengue in the past one week — taking the number of cases of the vector-borne disease reported this year to 171 — Health Minister Satyendar Jain ordered private hospitals to increase bed capacity by 10-20 per cent for patients diagnosed with dengue symptoms.
The latest data reveals that Delhi has seen a 43 per cent increase in dengue cases when compared to last year.
Last week, the minister had held a review meeting to assess preparedness with regard to dengue patients admitted to hospitals. Jain also said he has ordered government dispensaries to ban sale of drugs such as Brufen as they have side-effects such as headache, rashes and nausea — symptoms similar to that of patients tested positive for dengue.
Last month, the number of dengue cases stood at 91 – a 152 per cent increase compared to last year. Of the total cases reported this year, 52 per cent are from outside Delhi, mostly from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
“These are numbers for the last four months. Moreover, a majority of these cases are from neighbouring states who have come to Delhi for treatment… As far as government beds are concerned, we have no shortage this year,” said Jain.
Last year in August, dengue cases increased at an alarming rate, with 778 reported cases. The health minister said the capital will be ready with the proposed “355 fever clinics” by September 1.
Jain — who had earlier asked health department officials to work out a coordination programme between the government and municipal corporations — said the government would begin a door-to-door awareness drive from August 15. The drive would also be conducted in schools.
As far as Chikungunya is concerned, official data shows that only one case was reported this year.
However, doctors claim this does not reflect the actual numbers. “Half the patients in the outpatient department have symptoms related to Chikungunya and quite a few of them have tested positive. The post-monsoon season seems to be the main reason for this. Definitely, the numbers are more than those reported by official agencies,” said Dr Rommel Tickoo, senior consultant, Internal medicine, Max Hospital.
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