Updated on 4 Nov 2021, 12:14 pm
The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday rushed high level teams to nine states/UTs reporting high caseload of dengue to support them in public health measures for control and management of dengue, official sources said.
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya issued the order during the review meeting on the Dengue situation in Delhi on November 1, 2021. These states/UTs are Haryana, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir.
The Union health minister has directed the Health Ministry to extend help to all the States/UTs having a high incidence of Dengue cases.
The Health Mnistry stated in a release that a total of 1,16,991 dengue cases are being reported by the states and UTs across the country.
A significantly higher number of cases in some states are reported in October as compared to the number of cases during the same period previous year. A total of 15 States/UTs are reporting their maximum cases in the current year; these states contribute 86 per cent of the country’s total dengue cases till October 31, the release said.
In view of this, Central teams comprising experts from NVBDCP, NCDC and Regional Offices have been sent to nine states/UTs that are reporting more cases in October compared to September.
The ministry stated that the teams have been tasked to assist and support states to mount an effective public health response. The teams have been asked to report on 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.