As the number of dengue and chikungunya cases continued to rise in the capital, the Union Health Ministry Wednesday sought a detailed report from the Delhi government on the issue. Of the 2,897 chikungunya cases in the country, almost a third — 1,057 — have been reported from Delhi.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda also spoke to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain and assured him of all support from the Centre.
“We have sought a detailed report from the Delhi government (regarding chikungunya deaths)… as to what has been the co-morbidity in these death cases and its details… There is no second opinion that death does not occur due to chikungunya and it does not become the cause of death. But still, we have sought a detailed report from the Delhi government. Whatever help and support is needed, will be given,” Nadda told reporters.
He added, “I spoke to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain before the review meeting and asked him if he had some requirements. He said all facilities are available with them and they are working as per protocol.
“I have told him that if he has any requirement, he should tell us. He assured me that there are adequate medicines, beds and testing facilities. I conveyed to him that whatever facilities are needed, the Centre is ready to provide them. We will be working together. We want to address the issue by working in coordination.”
(With inputs from PTI)