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Outbreak of Dengue Across Major Metro Cities

New Delhi: December 18,2012

An increase in the number of dengue cases during current year was reported from major metropolitan cities of the country.

Dengue Cases reported from four metropolitan in the current year upto 11th December, 2012 and in the corresponding period in 2011 are given below:

Sl.No

Metropolitan City

Dengue Cases in 2011

Dengue Cases in 2012

1

Delhi

1111

2068

2

Mumbai

320

907

3

Kolkata

199

3321

4

Chennai

973

988

 

The Government of India advises and helps the States/UT Governments in tackling vector borne diseases, including dengue, through the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme. The Government of India has taken the following steps for prevention and control of Dengue in the country:

1. Technical Assistance:

a) A Long Term Action Plan was formulated and circulated to the State/UTs for implementation in January, 2007.

b) A Mid Term Plan was developed for prevention and control of Dengue and approved by the Committee of Secretaries on 26-05-11. This plan was also circulated to the State/UTs for implementation.

c) National guidelines for clinical management of cases have been sent to the States for circulation and use in all hospitals.

2. The dengue situation in the country is closely monitored and reviewed with the States/UT Government.

a) Union Health & FW Secretary reviewed the situation in the States with the State Health Secretaries on 12th September, 2012.

b) Committees of Secretaries (CoS) reviewed the situation through video conferencing in Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Pudducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal on 05th October, 2012.

c) The Union Minister for Health& FW reviewed the situation with the State Health Ministers of Delhi and Haryana on 08th October, 2012.

d) The situation in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry was reviewed by the Union Minister for Health & FW on 12th October, 2012. at Chennai.

e) A review with Mission Directors, NRHM was undertaken on 31st October, 2012.

3. In view of the importance of the issue, the Union Health & FW Minister had written on 31st May, 2012 to all CMs of States & UTs to tackle the Dengue problem. An Advisory was earlier issued by the Union Health & FW Secretary on 26th March, 2012 to all Chief Secretaries and by Director NVBDCP to all Director, Health Services on 28thFebruary, 2012.

4. Field visits were carried out to assess the preparedness and to provide technical guidance to the States.

5. Training is imparted to clinicians on case management as per GOI guidelines and to other health care functionaries on programme activities.

6. Diagnostic Facilities Provided:

(a) For augmenting diagnostic facilities, the numbers of Sentinel Surveillance Hospitals (SSHs) with laboratory support has been increased to 347 across the country from 110 and linked with 14 Apex Referral laboratories with advanced diagnostic facilities for back up support for Dengue across the country.

(b) ELISA based IgM test kits were provided to these institutes through National Institute of Virology, Punefree of cost. During current year (till 16.11.12), a total of 2312 dengue diagnostic kits (1 Kit= 96 tests) have been provided by Centre to SSHs.

(c) ELISA based NS1 test kits for early detection of cases from 1st day of disease can be procured by the States/UT Governments locally using NRHM/NVBDCP funds.

(d) to(f) Controlling dengue is an ongoing activity under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).

The situation is closely monitored for the prevention and control.

The GOI has taken steps as mentioned in the answer to the para(c) of the question.

Thisinformation was given by Minister for Health & Family Welfare ShriGhulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabhatoday.

 
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