By South Asia correspondent James Bennett
India is the in grip of its worst dengue fever outbreak in years, with more than 6,500 confirmed cases and at least 25 deaths in the capital New Delhi so far this season.
Across India, wards normally reserved for surgery are crammed with men, women and children battling the potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus.
Thousands of cases have overloaded the city's hospitals.
There is also a growing number of fatalities and allegations authorities have been slow to respond with tragic consequences.
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda has directed the officials of the Health Ministry to develop a mechanism to address the patients’ detail at the central level, which will help to remove the discrepancies in data of dengue cases and other related information. He said as the data currently generated by the national programme and the state government are highly variable, there is a need for a pragmatic system to collect accurate data. Data quality also needs to be monitored and assessed periodically, he stressed.
By Patrick Fuller and Kate Marshall, IFRC
In recent months Red Cross health workers and community volunteers across Asia have been playing a vital role supporting health services in many countries across the region struggling to cope with major outbreaks of dengue fever. Thousands of people have been struck down by the sometimes lethal illness which is spread by the aedes aegypti mosquito. In the past six months Malaysia recorded over 80,000 recorded cases while India, Philippines, Viet Nam and Sri Lanka are all experiencing major spikes in the disease.
Aditi Paul, CDKN’s country programme manager for India reflects on the link between climate change and the ongoing dengue virus outbreak in New Delhi
India’s capital city New Delhi is now in the grip of a deadly dengue epidemic. It has only been a couple of months since India has recovered from a searing heat wave that left many dead.
Durgesh Nandan Jha,TNN | Oct 1, 2015, 07.43 AM IST
NEW DELHI: You have to die in one of the 33 sentinel hospitals, public hospitals that have been designated for dengue care in Delhi, to be counted among the "official" deaths reported by the municipal corporations.
Those who succumb to the mosquito-borne disease while undergoing treatment at other hospitals or nursing homes are less likely to figure in the list.
TNN | Oct 1, 2015, 12.30 PM IST
VARANASI: The dengue scare continues to grip the Kotwa village as number of patients suffering from dengue fever is on the rise. As many as 35 new suspected dengue patients from the village were admitted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) district hospital on Wednesday.
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Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda reviewed facilities for treatment of dengue patients such as beds etc., in central government hospitals such as Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, AIIMS, Sucheta Kriplani hospital and Kalawati Saran hospitals under Lady Hardinge Hospital in Delhi, here today.
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TNN | Sep 22, 2015, 09.59 AM IST
MOHALI: Dengue scare has returned in Mohali with 42 suspected cases being reported in the city. Hazardous larvae has been found in stagnant water in water coolers and tanks in residences as well as those in schools. Confirming the status, chief medical officer of Mohali, Neelam Bhardwaj, said, "42 patients suspected of dengue visited hospitals so far." The toll was 17 till last week and has nearly doubled now. Out of these 42 cases, 10 patients have been tested positive for dengue.
The dengue menace is still taking toll in the national capital with the number of deaths due to the disease rising to 14 despite Delhi Government's claim that the situation is in control.
Two children have died of dengue in the national Capital since last night.
In fact, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said a 200-bedded new Deep Chand Bandhu hospital at Ashok Vihar in North Delhi was opened for Dengue/fever patients today.
Health Ministry issued a fresh advisory to Delhi govt on Dengue
Dengue takes its toll in surrounding states of national capital too; The number of dengue deaths rises to 12 today, over 1800 affected; Meanwhile, Swine flu scare spreads in south India, nearly 50 cases reported from Telangana.
North East India was once again under heavy floods which claimed 70 lives. More than 2 lakh people in Assam were forced to seek refuge in the relief camps. Floods along with landslide has created duo trouble for the people were over 16 lakh people in Assam and more than 2 lakh in Assam are affected.
NEW DELHI—As the Indian capital battles its worst outbreak of dengue fever in five years, health authorities have announced a series of measures to ensure treatment for patients. This follows reports that two schoolboys died after being turned away by hospitals.
Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal threatened to cancel the licenses of private hospitals if they denied admission to patients suffering from dengue fever.
He said they would bring about a special law in the Delhi Assembly to deal with hospitals that turn away people.
CHANDIGARH: Keeping in view the rise in cases of dengue being reported in the state, Haryana health minister Anil Vij on Wednesday directed to cancel leave applications of all doctors and paramedics so as to provide timely treatment to the patients.
Vij said that the state government would leave no stone unturned to prevent the spread of dengue in Haryana and every patient would get proper treatment on time.