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Ramadoss calls for meeting on dengue

Health minister is expected to discuss AIIMS's alleged failure in taking preventive measures to combat dengue.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2006 17:14 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has called an emergency meeting at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 10 to discuss the institute's alleged failure in taking preventive measures to combat dengue.

"The minister has called an institute's body meeting. The agenda would be issued in a few days time. Many issues will be discussed, but the main focus would be on why the institute failed in taking preventive measures to contain dengue," a Health Ministry source said.

Ramadoss, who returned to Delhi on Monday morning, will take stock of the situation.

Thirty-five people, including 18 medicos and students, are being treated at AIIMS. Eleven people, including AIIMS medical student Raj Kiran, have died in Delhi and two others in Uttar Pradesh.

The official said the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had issued notice to the institute a few weeks ago asking why the AIIMS complex is prone to dengue and necessary steps were not taken. In 2003, AIIMS saw a similar situation.

"It is an emergency situation. AIIMS is the worst affected this year. Despite warnings, nothing was done," he said.

The dengue outbreak in the country would be declared an "epidemic" if the situation do not come under control, Delhi Health Minister Yoganand Shastri said.

First Published: Oct 02, 2006 16:13 IST