Many chikungunya patients from neighbouring states: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

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The AAP government requested the Centre on Thursday to convene a meeting of the health ministers of neighbouring states to prepare a strategy to deal with dengue and chikungunya “outbreak” as many of the patients are coming to Delhi due to “lack” of proper healthcare facilities there. 12 people have so far died due to chikungunya complications out of whom seven were from Uttar Pradesh, including Ghaziabad and Mathura.

Dengue has also claimed 18 lives in the national capital with at least three of the victims being from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. In his letter to Union Health Minister J P Nadda, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the Delhi government is making efforts to tackle the “outbreak” of dengue and chikungunya.

“However, many of the patients coming to Delhi hospitals are from neighbouring states in the NCR, apparently due to lack of proper healthcare facilities in the said states, thus, creating pressure on the medical infrastructure in Delhi in general and government hospitals, in particular,” Jain said in the letter.

“It is therefore, requested that a meeting may be convened inviting the Health Ministers of the NCR region to review the state-wise action required to augment the healthcare facilities for effective tackling of the issue,” he said.

According to AIIMS report released on Thursday, a total of 96 patients were admitted to the hospital, of which 56 have been discharged. Out of the total patients, 70% belonged to Uttar Pradesh, 10% to Bihar and rest to Delhi, it said.

(With PTI inputs)

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