Will support states affected by chikungunya, dengue: Nadda

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Friday said the ministry will support the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi in tackling the rising cases of dengue and chikungunya.

“Have assured all support to the Delhi government and the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana in tackling the rising cases of dengue and chikungunya. The issue of helping with the bed strength in the central government hospitals was also discussed,” said Nadda.

The Minister said they have adequate strength of beds in central government hospitals and measures will be taken to enhance the numbers.

He said there is no shortage of doctors, paramedical staff, drugs, testing kits or labs for treatment of the patients.

Nadda, who met Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain and spoke to the health ministers of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh over phone, said that adequate number of fever clinics are operating in the central government hospitals for treating the patients.

“There is a need to maintain hygiene and cleanliness in the surroundings. It needs to be ensured that the environment is not collecting water which could be vector breeding grounds. Importance of community participation to prevent vector breeding needs to be emphasised,” said Nadda.

Delhi has so far witnessed deaths of 32 patients who were suffering from vector borne chikungunya and dengue.

–IANS

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