Health minister Satyendar Jain Monday directed the three municipal commissioners to increase anti-mosquito drives to prevent dengue.”Our measures for dengue treatment have been increased three times compared to previous years. Yet, we are running short of resources. Patients are sharing beds; we have put beds in corridors. We are doing everything we can but we are still falling short. This shows that the corporations have completely failed at preventive measures,” said Jain.
In a meeting with district magistrates, Jain said all complaints received on lack of fumigation in residential areas and market places must be immediately addressed. “The government will not tolerate any laxity in carrying out house-to-house visits. We should ensure there are no breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” said the minister.
He also held a meeting with chief district medical officers, district magistrates and the newly-appointed directors of health services in north, south, central and east Delhi on steps to prevent dengue.
Jain, Sunday, had said Delhi government hospitals would be adding 1,000 new beds “within four days” to ensure that “no patient is refused admission”. Dedicated fever wards have already been opened in all government hospitals since August. He also said there was a need to counsel people coming to hospitals. “Hospital administrators must ensure that everybody gets treatment on time. Admission to hospitals must be decided only by doctors on duty. We have directed all hospitals to open special fever clinics to deal with suspected dengue cases in order to ease the rush in emergency wards,” said Jain after Monday’s meeting.
He added utmost priority should be given to make people aware of the adverse effects of self-medication. “Government hospitals are ready to accommodate patients, but panic is the major reason behind people rushing to hospitals,” said Jain.
The minister also directed that elective or planned surgeries be put off for another month. Last month, the government had passed the order to put off non-emergency surgeries.
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