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Delhi Govt says prepared to deal with chikungunya, dengue as Okhla cries for attention with dengue death tolls rising

The Delhi Government has issued a statement in which it has said that it is prepared to deal with chikungunya, dengue. Despite this, Okhla cries for attention as dengue death tolls rise. Residents lamented that on the ground very little is being done to address the situation as the deadly disease in Jamia Nagar, a deprived locality Delhi, has taken an epidemic proportion with several deaths being reported and hundreds of residents down with chikungmunya, dengue and mysterious high fever.

The Government said the Department of Health has already dedicated an additional 1000 beds for fever patients in three major hospitals (Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital, Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital) which have been designated as Nodal Hospitals for fever in Delhi.

The government has established dedicated Fever Clinics in its 26 Hospitals (functional 24 hours), 262 Delhi government Dispensaries (functional from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm) and 106 Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics (functional from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm) to cater to fever patients.

The treatment, lab diagnosis of dengue and chikungunya are available free of cost in all Delhi government Health institutions.

“DHS Control Room “ has been established wherein a helpline number, 011-22307145, has been provided for the assistance of general public for the purpose of guidance and advice on dengue/chikungunya fever.

The Delhi Government allocated and released the funds to EDMC, SDMC and NDMC as the first installments via letter dated 06.06.2016. Despite the corporations not asking, Delhi government also released in advance the grants meant for prevention of vector-borne diseases.

All hospitals (government and private) in the National Capital Territory of Delhi have been directed to increase their surge capacity vide office order of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme.

The Nursing Home Division of DGHS has allowed all private hospitals/nursing homes to increase the bed strength upto 10% to 20% of their approved bed strength on a temporary basis for three months the duration is proposed to reviewed depending upon the load of dengue cases in Delhi.

Hospitals and Nursing Homes have been advised to accommodate extra beds and if required, beds may also be placed in corridors and waiting area for admitting such patients. For this purpose, the clauses with respect to infrastructure and HR mentioned in Delhi Nursing Homes Registration (Amendment) Rules, 2011 have been relaxed for the three months period in order to facilitate the temporary expansion of bed capacity.

The Nursing Home Division, has informed the Nursing Homes that the tariff levied upon the additional beds put up for chikungunya/dengue management shall not be more than 50% of the lowest economic category of the hospital.

Private hospitals like Apollo Hospital have also reported several steps to augment capacity for management of dengue/chikungunya in compliance to the advisory of the Delhi Government.

The Delhi Government has further directed all the Hospitals to re-deploy human resource from non-emergency location to fever clinics and emergencies.

In all OPDs and casualty, drinking water with ORS is provided to all attendants and patients.

The Delhi Government hospitals have operationalized several steps to augment capacity for management of dengue/chikungunya. Additional beds have been positioned to be utilized as Fever Beds.

Over-the-counter sale of NSAID drugs, which include diclofenac, ibuprofen, asprin, etc. has already been restricted.

The Government has claimed to have taken several steps for facilitating diagnostics of vector borne diseases.

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