Thursday, July 29, 2021
News

Centre sets up control room to monitor dengue, chikungunya (Lead)

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

New Delhi | Wednesday, 2016 11:15:05 PM IST
The Health Ministry has set up a control room to monitor the rising number of dengue and chikungunya cases in Delhi.

The central government has also urged all the states and Union Territories to declare dengue as a notifiable disease for improving reporting and for taking preventive measures in the affected areas.

According to the statistics of the various municipal corporations in Delhi, the national capital has witnessed a total of 20 chikungunya and 311 dengue cases. However, sources from various hospitals place the figure far higher at over 400 for chikungunya and over 600 for dengue.

The Health Ministry held a meeting, chaired by Health Minister J.P. Nadda, over the increasing dengue and chikungunya cases across the country. Health Secretary C.K. Mishra has also directed officials for strengthening vector control and surveillance.

According to the ministry, the Delhi government officials mentioned that special awareness programmes are being held in the city schools, such as rallies, to educate the children on dengue.

Speaking to reporters in the national capital, Mishra on Wednesday said that a comprehensive awareness campaign on dengue and chikungunya will be started in the wake of rising cases of the vector-borne diseases across the country.

West Bengal has recorded the highest number of dengue deaths in 2016 at 22, while Delhi has witnessed three dengue deaths till now, according to the Health Ministry.

The other states which have witnessed a rise in the number of dengue and chikungunya cases are Karnataka and Kerala.

"We have decided to take a few initiatives and start a comprehensive information and communication campaign to tell people about the prevention of dengue and chikungunya," said Mishra.

When asked why West Bengal was witnessing an increase in deaths related to dengue, Mishra said: "West Bengal has more of Type 3 dengue, while other places like Delhi are witnessing Type 2 dengue."

"AIIMS has also done the testing of West Bengal samples and found it to be Type 3 dengue," Mishra added.

There are four distinct but closely related serotypes of the virus that cause dengue (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4). Recovery from infection by one provides lifelong immunity against that particular serotype.

However, cross-immunity to the other serotypes after recovery is only partial and temporary. Subsequent infections by other serotypes increase the risk of developing severe dengue.

Observing that there was a rise in mosquito breeding in Delhi, Mishra said hospitals have been given time till August 28 to check if any of the places in their premises have mosquito breeding grounds, after which action will be taken if they are found lacking.

A seminar will also be held in the coming week where 68 poster and oral presentations will be given by the states on various ways on how to tackle vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya.

"We had 198 proposals but out of them only 68 have been selected. If the presentation of any of them is found good, then the other states may be asked to implement that," said Mishra.

--IANS rup/rn/vt

( 516 Words)

2016-08-24-22:39:55 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE HEALTH NEWS
India reports 43K new Covid cases, 640 d...
3rd Covid vax dose strongly boosts prote...
Abnormal antibody response may up blood ...
Active Covid caseload drops to 0.8% in P...
HIV vaccine efforts are undermined by of...
UP woman constable helps deliver child o...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Privilege Motion moved by BJP MP stands ...
Dhanbad judicial officer's killing: 2 he...
Cong MPs give adjournment notices in LS ...
3 UP cops suspended after rape accused e...
Centre not allowing Opposition to discus...
UP couple found murdered, infant spared...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
JSW Energy enters into agreement wi... 
Anurag Kashyap-produced Malayalam f... 
Massive 8.2 quake rocks Alaska, tsu... 
Lucky Ali, Sonu Nigam, Papon to sta... 
Noida allots land parcel to Adani E... 
Probability of near-term tariff hik... 
Pandemic pushes digital payments, R... 
Minimalist receives Rs 110 Cr fundi...