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Assess preparedness to tackle dengue outbreak: Nadda to Jain

Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Thursday asked Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain to assess preparedness levels in preventing and managing any possible outbreak of dengue in the national Capital.

Nadda, who had recently paid surprise visits to several city hospitals, instructed Jain to increase the preparedness in the hospitals and to see that breeding grounds of mosquitoes are sanitised. He asked the Delhi health minister to increase awareness on prevention, symptoms and dos and <g data-gr-id="15">don’ts</g> of dengue. Nadda had paid a visit to RML and Safdarjung hospitals on July 10 and 17, respectively, to check their preparedness and had also instructed officials there to ensure <g data-gr-id="18">availability</g> of platelets and cleanliness in the premises. 

The move comes in the wake of a municipal report claiming that nearly 30 cases of dengue have been reported till last week this year, the highest number for the period in the past six years. The government is also trying to ensure that a 24-hour diagnosis facility is provided at government centres besides free of cost transportation of patients. As a part of the campaigns, the health department plans to rope in school children for its dengue control activities. 
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