With cases of dengue, chikungunya and malaria steadily rising with each passing day, a worried Director of the General Health Services (DGHS) in a circular to all civil surgeons has termed it an “epidemic like situation’.
Till now, 437 cases of dengue, 70 cases of chikungunya and around 6,700 cases of malaria has been reported from the state.
Ambala, which has reported 183 cases of dengue tops the list, followed by Panchkula with 78 cases. A total of 45 cases have been reported in Gurgaon and 26 in Kaithal, while the most number of cases of malaria have been reported from Mewat.
Talking to The Indian Express, Health Minister Anil Vij agreed that it was an “epidemic like situation”. “The number of patients is increasing. In Delhi it has been declared an epidemic. It cannot be far off from here. We have to be more cautious. We are making adequate arrangements in all districts. The aim of the health department is to treat the patients and send them home. So far, we have been successful and there have been no casualties,” he said.
Of the total dengue patients, 30 have been admitted in hospitals and are under the constant gauge of the health department.
Claiming that the situation is under control and there is no need to panic, Haryana Director, Malaria, Dr Vijay Garg said, “We are monitoring every dengue and chikungunya patient. Several measures have been taken including holding anti-larvae activities and conducting educational talks to create awareness among the people. Our teams are ensuring that proper fumigation is done. At Mewat, a special team has been deputed,” he said.
The government had earlier cancelled the leaves of all health department employees. While the doctors had taken back their call for a strike, the lab technicians however are yet to call off their strike. Following this, the Haryana government has ordered termination of the contractual lab technicians and suspension of the permanent employees.
“At a time when people are suffering from diseases, the lab technicians went on leave by giving just three days notice. They were warned to come back to work which they did not. All contractual lab technicians who are on strike have been terminated. The others have been placed under suspension. Fresh recruitment will be done soon. The doctors and nursing staff will do the needful till then,” Vij said.
Earlier, the talks between the lab technicians and the government failed to yield any results. The members of Haryana State Laboratories Technicians Association (General) and (Malaria) after a meeting with the Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Rajan Kumar Gupta agreed to call off the strike on the assurance that their demands would be considered and examined and those found genuine will be implemented.