Centre directs states to contain dengue, chikungunia

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New Delhi, Sep 2 (UNI) The Director General of Health Services (DGHS) today reviewed the current vector borne disease situation and preparedness of states to deal with dengue, chikungunya, malaria and acute encephalitis syndrome while assuring all possible help to tackle the situation.

At a high level meeting, DGHS R K Srivatava reviewed the health situation in the states of Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andaman Nicobar Island, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh and asked them to formulate an action plan to report dengue cases.

This has been done especially in view of the 1,495 cases of dengue being reported from 15 states till August 31 this year of which 19 people died.

The Health Ministry is continuously monitoring the situation and directed all the state health authorities to ensure that there was no shortage of drugs, testing kits and other necessary logistics to contain the current situation. Central teams will also be deputed wherever necessary to provide technical guidance to the state health authorities.

In Delhi, dengue cases which have been reported this year are higher than what was reported during the corresponding period last year.

No deaths due to DF/DHF have been reported from NCT, however a sudden spurt in the number of cases have been reported from Gurgaon where 2 deaths were reported due to DF/DHF.

The irony is that dengue in Gurgaon has been reported from the posh colonies which clearly indicated that affluent society does not give any heed to the health authorities in terms of helping them in eliminating aedes aegypti breeding The malaria trend in the country has shown marginal decline during the last few years and the annual incidence has come down to 1.47 million as compared to around 3 million annually during the last decade.

The overall malaria situation during the year of 2008 upto the month of July reveals that there is decline in total malaria cases by 14 per cent and PF cases by 11 per cent as compared to the corresponding period of previous year. The deaths due to malaria have also reduced from 495 in 2007 to 299 in 2008 during the same period.

However, few states like Meghalaya, Mizoram, Goa, Nagaland, Tripura had shown increase in cases during this period.

Recent fury of rains especially in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, UP and NCR Delhi has resulted in the spurt of malaria and Dengue cases.

Malaria outbreak was also reported from Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh which resulted in ten deaths. Measures taken by the state government brought the situation under control.

There have been reports of fever deaths from Kanpur Dehat and the state government has already initiated measures to contain malaria in the district.

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