Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung on Sunday directed officials to deploy more doctors in city hospitals as per necessity to deal with the spurt in cases of chikungunya and dengue, which have claimed over a dozen lives this season.
Jung took stock of the preparedness of fever clinics, wards and labs in Lok Nayak Hospital, Bara Hindu Rao Hospital and the GTB Hospital, and interacted with doctors and patients.
He directed the administration to deploy more doctors in fever clinics as per necessity, and also asked health secretary to keep him updated on the matter regularly.
The L-G’s visit comes a day after a war of words with the Delhi government over his direction to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia to cut short his Finland visit in the wake of the spurt in cases of chikungunya and dengue.
Water minister Kapil Mishra had alleged that Jung refused to meet them on Saturday when he and health minister Satyendar Jain went to his office following the directive.
L-G officials said as part of the visit on Sunday, Jung along with his team went to fever clinics, wards, laboratories, emergency, casualty and waiting areas in Lok Nayak Hospital, Bara Hindu Rao Hospital, GTB Hospital.
According to the medical superintendent at Lok Nayak Hospital Dr JC Passey, out of 200 beds dedicated to chikungunya and dengue patients, 76 are occupied. Most patients came to the hospital from central Delhi with 10% of the patients being from neighbouring states, such as UP.
“He also informed the L-G that apart from one death last month, there have been no fatalities and that chikungunya patients do not always require hospitalisation. The MS also said that as per their data, the ratio of chikungunya to dengue patients this year is 4:1,” a statement from L-G office said.