Central teams rush to States hit by dengue

A municipal worker seen spraying anti mosquito spray as the dengue and malaria cases rise in New Delhi, October 28, 2021   | Photo Credit: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA

The Union Health Ministry has rushed high-level teams to nine States and Union Territories — Haryana, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir — reporting a high caseload of dengue to support them in public health measures for control and management of the disease.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a review meeting on the dengue situation in Delhi on November 1.

He had directed that the Health Ministry should extend help to all the States and U.T.s having a high incidence of dengue cases. A total of 1,16,991 cases had been reported by the States and U.T.s across the country, said a release issued by the Ministry.

The statement added that a significantly higher number of cases were reported in some States in October as compared with the corresponding period the previous year.

“A total of 15 States/UTs are reporting their maximum cases this year; these States contribute 86% of the country’s total dengue cases till October 31,” the release noted.

The Central teams are tasked with assisting and supporting the States/UTs to mount an effective public health response.

The teams have been asked to report on the status of vector control, availability of kits and medicines, early detection, availability and use of insecticides, status of anti-larval and anti-adult vector control measures etc. They will also brief the State health authorities about their observations.

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