With more than 1,000 cases of Chikungunya reported in seven big hospitals of Delhi, Centre has assured of all help to tackle the outbreak.
“We are working in close coordination with the Delhi government and various agencies to tackle the outbreak,” said Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda.
He added that the municipal bodies have been directed to ensure that there is no stagnation of water and cleanliness is maintained. “Also all central government hospitals are fully equipped to deal with the situation. We are keeping a close watch in terms of availability of kits, training of staff, bed strength,” he said.
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As per IANS report, AIIMS alone recorded 391 cases till August 20, followed by Safdarjung Hospital (246), Apollo Hospital (almost 350).
Other hospitals which recorded the cases include Lok Nayak Hospital (23), Hindu Rao Hospital (28), Kasturba Hospital (11) and the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital (GTBH) has registered three confirmed cases.
However, the Delhi’s three civic bodies says they have recorded 432 chikungunya so far.
The disease is caused by the bite of the mosquito Aedes aegypti. A typical chikungunya patient manifests high-grade fever, severe joint pain, headache, joint swelling or rash.
In order to prevent chikungunya from spreading, people should not allow water stagnation, protect themselves from mosquito bites, keep their surroundings clean, dispose off unnecessary items such as old tyres, flower pots and cans, use mosquito repellents or nets and keep their own bodies well covered, experts said.