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Centre reserves 1,000 beds in hospitals, Delhi govt makes chikungunya notifiable

The Delhi government on Friday directed its principal secretary (urban development) and civic bodies to notify chikungunya as a dangerous/notifiable disease and issue a notification in this connection.

chikungunya outbreak Updated: Sep 16, 2016 21:48 IST
Rhythma Kaul
Patients suspected to be suffering from chikungunya or dengue await medical treatment outside AIIMS hospital in New Delhi.
Patients suspected to be suffering from chikungunya or dengue await medical treatment outside AIIMS hospital in New Delhi.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The Delhi government on Friday directed the municipal corporations to make chikungunya a notifiable disease immediately. This will ensure every hospital, nursing home and laboratory share information about the cases of the viral disease that it handles.

“This is imperative for monitoring the situation and to take requisite remedial action,” the government order read.

Municipal health officials said they were working on it. “We are in the process of making chikungunya notifiable,”said a municipal health official, on condition of anonymity.

“Hospitals and laboratories that will not provide data will be served notices. Till now, chikungunya was not notifiable because of fewer cases,” the official said.

As Delhi battles an outbreak of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne viral disease that has killed 15 and infected 1,057 people so far this year, Union health minister JP Nadda and Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain met on Friday to review the crisis.

The number of fever patients visiting Delhi hospitals each day has tripled -- from 2,000 to 6,000. Nearly 80% of the patients them are coming from outside Delhi.

Read: Two more die of chikungunya at Delhi hospital, death toll now 15

Nadda assured the Delhi government of reserving additional 1,000 beds in the Central government-run hospitals for dengue and chikungunya cases.

“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,” said Nadda.

Jain said he suggested that fever clinics should be set up in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana so that the rush in Delhi hospitals is reduced and the patients are not inconvenienced.

“We demanded reservation of 10% beds at all Centre-run hospitals, including AIIMS, RML and Safdarjung for treatment of dengue and chikungunya patients. Naddaji has agreed. There will be additional 1,000 beds at Centre-run hospitals,” said Jain.

Jain had written to Nadda on Thursday to convene a meeting of the health ministers of neighbouring states to prepare a strategy to deal with the outbreak, as many of the patients are coming to Delhi due to lack of proper healthcare facilities there.

To handle the additional rush, the government also directed the mohalla clinics, polyclinics and dispensaries to remain open on all days, including Sundays and gazetted holidays.

“If neighbouring states set up fever clinics, people will not have to travel to Delhi for treatment,” said Jain.

“Delhi government hospitals have already been directed not to refuse to admit any patients. Our hospitals have about 1,500 beds lying vacant, so there’s no need to panic” the Delhi minister said.