The Union Health Ministry has rushed high level teams to nine States/UTs including Jammu and Kashmir, where there is high caseload of Dengue, to support them in public health measures for control and management of Dengue in these states.
As per a local news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), this is in accordance with directions of Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya during the review meeting on the Dengue situation in Delhi on 1 November 2021.
“The nine states/UTs are Haryana, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir,” the officials said.
They said that the Union Health Minister had directed the Health Ministry to extend help to all the States/UTs having a high incidence of Dengue cases. A total of 1,16,991 dengue cases are being reported by States and UTs across the country.
Significantly, higher number of cases in some states were 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 percent of the country’s total dengue cases till 31st October.
In view of this, Central teams comprising experts from NVBDCP, NCDC and Regional Offices have been sent to 9 States/UTs that are reporting more cases in October compared to September.
Officials said that the teams are 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 said, adding that “They will also brief the State Health authorities about their observations. Around one thousand cases of dengue have been reported so far in J-K.” —(KNO)