No need to panic: Jain on swine flu, dengue cases
In the wake of sudden rise in cases of swine flu, dengue and other vector-borne diseases in the city, the Delhi government on Thursday said there was "no need to panic" and the administration was "adequately equipped" to handle any situation.
Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain said he had taken suo moto congnisance of the cases of swine flu, as well as vector-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya and malaria.
"Four deaths have been reported so far. We appeal to the people not to panic. We have stocked up enough medicines and the administration is adequately equipped to handle any situation," Jain added.
As per the latest municipal corporation report, the number of people affected by dengue till August 5 this year climbed to 365, with 117 cases being recorded in last month only.
The number of malaria and chikungunya cases stand at 337 and 246, respectively.
Jain asserted that the percentage of patients succumbing to swine flu in other states, such as Maharashtra and Rajasthan, were much higher compared to that in Delhi, and advised people not to rush for hospitalisation without consulting doctors.
An awareness campaign for prevention of vector-borne diseases would soon be launched, the minister said.
"In case of swine flu (H1N1), only C-category patients, the high-risk category, need to take medical test. We have stocked sufficient medicine and also have the required number of beds to handle inflow of patients," Jain assured members of the House.