Govt ups the ante to check deadly dengue
The meeting was also attended by the health minister Satyender Jain and 27 other MLAs, who are the chairpersons of the Rogi Kalyan Samitis in government hospitals.
“Please visit the hospitals twice every day to ensure that the panic of dengue is done away with,” Kejriwal told the MLAs.
“While you visit the hospital, talk to the patients. To ensure that there is no panic, check that the stock of medicines is proper, the hospital is clean and no one is turned away by the hospital. <g data-gr-id="53">Also</g> see that there are ample testing kits available in the hospitals. In case of shortage of any of these, please tell us,” Kejriwal added.
Health minister Satyender Jain in another <g data-gr-id="45">meeting,</g> directed the commissioners of the three Municipal
Corporation to immediately ensure door-to-door preventive measures and awareness campaigns against dengue at a war footing.
Jain also directed the three Commissioners to ensure that the on-field MCD workers reach every house to put medicines in all possible sources of dengue breeding like--standing clean water and carry out fumigation drives in residential areas and market places.
Jain said the government is receiving complaints about fumigation and this lapse will not be tolerated any further. He expressed his displeasure with the slow pace of fumigation and asked the MCD commissioners to take strict action against those responsible for this lapse.
On Monday, Jain also asked all government hospitals to open ‘Fever Clinics’ to detect the disease at the primary level and asked top health and administrative officers to take preventive steps.
Jain stressed that people should get admitted only after consulting a doctor and not out of panic.
On Monday, a third meeting was held with the district magistrates, the chief district medical officers (CDMOs) and regional health directors along with the heath secretary and director general of health services in which the minister said the priority is to ensure that there is no panic about dengue in the Capital.
“For example, in Ambedkar Hospital, 426 people were hospitalised due to fever and out of which less than 200 people were tested positive for dengue. There should be no <g data-gr-id="49">self medication</g> among the masses. <g data-gr-id="48">Self medication</g> is one major problem. There should be no panic about the disease,” Jain reiterated.
The health minister said, suspected dengue patients should get themselves tested only in government hospitals as far as possible because the test is free of cost and reports come within two hours. He also appealed to the people to leave the issue of admission to hospitals to the doctors and not insist on admission.
“I have ordered all government hospitals that they should not refuse to admit dengue patients even if they have to treat two patients on a single bed. Admission of patients to <g data-gr-id="52">hospital</g> should be left to doctors,” Jain said.
Dengue helpline launched
The Delhi government on Monday launched a 24-hour helpline for dengue, following a surge in the number of cases of the viral disease in the Capital. The helpline 011-23307145 will function round the clock to provide all relevant information about dengue and its treatment,” a city government official said. Taking serious note of the dengue outbreak in the capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reviewed the preparation to check the spread of the disease. The meeting was attended by Health Minister Satyendra Jain along with 27 legislators, who are chairpersons of the <g data-gr-id="91">Rogi</g> <g data-gr-id="92">Kalyam</g> Samitis in government hospitals.