With a spurt in dengue and chikungunya cases, the Union Health Ministry has directed municipal bodies in the national capital “intensify” preventive measures including fogging with special focus on construction sites and slum colonies.
The Ministry has also directed doctors at various CGHS centers to provide consultation and primary out patient medical care to all patients having symptoms of dengue and chikungunya even if they are not CGHS beneficiaries.
Following the review meeting undertaken by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha with committee of secretaries and Delhi government officials recently, the Health Ministry has shot shot off letters to all the municipal corporations, NDMC and Delhi government asking them to widely publicise the preventive measures.
“As a follow up I am given to understand that the director NVBDCP has asked Municipal Health Officers (MHOs) to intensify source reduction and anti-larvel activities with focus on construction sites and slum colonies. Fogging is recommended in areas reporting clustering of cases. “It is reiterated that the vector control activities need to be supervised by senior officers of the corporation. The activities being undertaken by the corporation for prevention and control of chikungunya may be widely publicized to bring greater visibility and awareness,” said K B Agarwal,
additional secretary Health Ministry in his letter to all the bodies.
Sinha during the meeting had asked various agencies to accelerate preventive actions like fogging, running public awareness programmes and putting up an effective monitoring system.
In his letter to the chief secretary Delhi government, Agarwal said that there was an “abnormally” high number of chikungunya cases and in most cases, hospitalisation is not required. “It is therefore decided that efforts needed to be accelerated to not only advise patients about fever management
at home, but also to treat the cases near to homes… “…through mobile clinics, dispensaries involving medical officers and para medical staff and support from community volunteers for the same,” the letter said.