Vector borne diseases: Health Ministry review preparedness

Vector borne diseases: Health Ministry review preparednessUpdated on : 04-07-2017 05:45 PM
With malaria and chikungunya cases continuing to rise in the national capital, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said it would soon hold a secretary-level meet with the Delhi government on ways to combat vector-borne diseases in the city.


At least 125 cases of malaria, 152 cases of chikungunya and nearly 100 cases dengue were recorded till July 1, according to the latest municipal report.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda held a review meet on preparedness for vector-borne diseases, which was attended by Health Secretary C K Mishra, Director General of ICMR Soumya Swaminathan and senior officials of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) and other institutions.

"We held two reviews, one for Delhi and the other for the rest of the states and UTs. In the meeting, we discussed all issues and it was also decided that a secretary-level meet would be held with the Delhi government," Nadda said.

The meeting will look at preparedness and review steps taken to combat such diseases in the city. Besides, secretaries from both sides and representatives from the municipal corporations would also be present, he said. "The meeting will take place in a few days," he said.

A senior ministry official said the meeting could possibly take place on July 8. Referring to the rising cases of malaria and chikungunya in Delhi, he said the Centre was "adequately prepared" and more diagnostic kits would be supplied. Central hospitals were equipped to handle any situation, Nadda said.

"It is a continuous process and we review our preparedness. We have made a checklist and in these meetings we will recheck those items," the minister added.

Over 18,700 cases of dengue have been reported in the country this year, with the Health Ministry attributing the early onset of the monsoon as one of the factors for the spurt ahead of the vector-borne disease season.

(SA - @04/07)

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