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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Chikungunya in Delhi: JP Nadda says no need to panic, asks Delhi govt to submit detailed report

The Union Health Minister JP Nadda today held a press conference after attending a review meeting over dengue and chikungunya cases in Delhi.
He addressed issues related to health facilities and arrangements in the city. The highlight of the event was that Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain who has recently received a lot of flak for his lack of leadership, was not a part of the meeting.

Speaking to the media J.P Nadda said, “ There is no shortage of medicines and testing capabilities across the country.” Addressing the rising tension across the national capital, the Union Health Minister said that there was no need to panic. Though the AAP government in Delhi has faced a lot of criticism for not taking up responsibility for the current situation, the Union Health Minister J.P Nadda had to answer for the conspicuous absence of the Delhi Health Minister from the meeting. 

J.P Nadda responded by saying, “Also spoke to Delhi Health Minister and asked him if they need anything? He said that we’re working in accordance to protocol by Centre. I have assured him (Delhi Health Minister) that Centre is ready to provide whatever assistance needed to deal with the situation.”
Chikungunya is not a fatal disease and something that can easily be cured and prevented. 

This prompted the Union Health Minister to say, “We have asked for a detailed report from Delhi Government. There is no doubt that chikungunya can’t be the cause of death.” The Union Health Minister’s claims were supported by Dr DS Rana, who is the Chairman of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi.

 Dr.Rana commented on the issue and the enquiry launched by the government by saying,”Not aware of any enquiry as we’ve not received info in writing. Have just received e-mail from Govt of India that death reported of chikungunya positive patients should be probed a little more. We can’t say if deaths were due to chikungunya; don’t have evidence of other diseases, we have evidence only of organ failure.” Allaying public fears the doctor added, “People shouldn’t be frightened that chikungunya is a very fatal disease.”

Meanwhile, Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister is also not in Delhi. Sisodia is currently on a visit to Finland to oversee an education programme. Another AAP Minister Kapil Sharma, took a leaf out of the CM’s book and blamed the BJP-dominated Municipal Corporation of Delhi or MCD, questioning the whereabouts of the mayor. Defending Jain and saying that he will be back in the capital soon, Mishra had said, ”The MCD is responsible for fogging to keep mosquitoes away.”

Meanwhile, the Delhi Government has filed an affidavit with the High Court stating that till September 10th, 4 deaths took place due to dengue, but no death due to chikungunya in the city.The Aam Aadmi Party government really need to get its act together and not blame the Union Government for matters which are under its jurisdiction.

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