10 Dead, Chikungunya raging in Delhi! Kejriwal escaped to Punjab and Goa
While the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government blamed Narendra Modi for the rise in the number of vector-borne diseases in the national capital, Delhi hospitals witnessed at least four more deaths due to complications arising from chikungunya, taking the total number of deaths to ten.
Most AAP ministers are holidaying abroad at public expense or have escaped to the cooler climes of Bangalore. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is currently in Bengaluru for a throat surgery, blamed the BJP-led central government and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung for the health crisis.
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda also said that centre is ready to provide any help needed. “Centre is ready to provide whatever assistance needed by state governments,” Nadda told ANI on Tuesday.
While 75-year-old Prakash Kalra from Mathura died at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Tuesday, Ashok Chauhan (62) and Uday Shanaker (61) died on September 12. Ghaziabad resident R.Pandey (65) had died on September 11, and 22-year-old girl Isha had succumbed to the disease at Bara Hindu Rao Hospital on September 1, officials said.
Data from the municipal corporation shows dengue, chikungunya and malaria have so far affected 1,158, 1,057 and 21 people respectively. Most patients recover fully from the disease, even with the joint pain that often persists for several months, sometimes years.
The doctors at government hospitals, however, believe that the numbers given by the three municipal bodies were misleading and constrained as there was an acute shortage of beds due to the large number of cases coming in with dengue and chikungunya.
Three of Delhi’s 45 government hospitals have reported more chikunguya cases than the civic bodies, which update the data every Monday. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences confirmed more than 900 chikungunya cases, Safdarjung Hospital recorded 531 cases, and the Lok Nayak Hospital had 281 cases.