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No dengue deaths in Karnataka: Minister

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Bangalore, Oct 26 (UNI) Karnataka Health Minister R Ashok today asserted that no death owing to dengue was reported in the State, though five cases of the viral disease have been confirmed.

Speaking at an interactive meeting organised by the FKCCI here, he informed that blood samples collected from two patients from Davangere, one from Gulbarga district hospital and another two from a private hospital in Bangalore tested positive for dengue.

Elaborating the measures taken by the Government to arrest the spread of dengue and chikungunya, Mr Ashok said an intensive awareness campaign to educate people on the diseases had been carried out. As many as 100 fogging machines had been distributed in the city alone to control the menace of mosquitoes. Besides, fogging was being carried out at the taluk and district level in the State.

The Minister said the Centre had sanctioned a National Research Institute of Virology to the State and it would be set up at NIMHANS here. Only one such centre existed in the country at Pune, he added.

Mr Ashok said the State proposed to bring in a bill in the coming Assembly session to check the about 5,000 quacks reportedly practicing in the State.

The Government also planned to bring in the Nursing and Clinical Laboratories Bill to regulate and monitor the operations of such institutions in the next Assembly session.

Mr Ashok announced that a comprehensive health insurance policy, covering all below poverty line families, was on the anvil for which Rs 30 crore budgetary allocation had been made by the Government.

Talks were on with the National and Oriental Insurance Companies to finalise the modalities of the scheme, in which each BPL family would get free treatment at both Government and designated private hospitals to the tune of Rs 30,000 per annum.

He announced that the World Bank had come forward to fund Rs 750 crore to upgrade 50-bed hospitals into 100-bed ones in the State.

The Government had also decided to set up 50 new 50-bed hospitals across the State to commemorate the golden jubilee of formation of Karnataka.

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