Union Minister of State for Food Processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyothi has been suffering from chikungunya.
Suffering from high fever, she was first taken to Kanpur’s Regency Hospital but was referred to Delhi. She was elected as a first-time MP to the Lok Sabha from Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh.
She was on a tour of Banda, Hamirpur, and Mahoba regions of Bundelkhand. She got ill in Hamirpur and from there she went to her Ashram at Musanagar (Kanpur rural).
Her blood sample at Regency Hospital revealed that she was suffering from chikungunya.
In 2014, the union minister stoked a controversy by allegedly making communal remarks and using an expletive in an election rally in Delhi, leaving the BJP and the government embarrassed as an angry Opposition demanded that she be sacked.
The remarks that voters of Delhi should choose between “Ram’s sons” and “illegitimate sons” drew the ire of Opposition which protested in Parliament following which Jyoti expressed “deep regret” and apologised for her actions.
Meanwhile, Chikungunya and dengue continued to wreak havoc in Delhi with the death toll from the two vector-borne diseases climbing to 30 on September 15 even as the number of affected people crossed 2,800.
According to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), the number of chikungunya cases in Delhi has spiked to 1,724 till September 11 as fever clinics in the city continue to be swamped with patients.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, meanwhile, said unlike dengue, chikungunya in itself cannot cause death.
Delhi is showing the spurt in chikungunya after nearly 10 years and health experts are conjecturing that this “upsurge” could be due to “evolution” in the chikungunya viral strain.