New Delhi: This Sunday was a busy day for Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. Not one to take accusations lightly, the LG went on a visit to several hospitals across the Capital to take stock of the situation in the wake of chikungunya and dengue outbreaks. The visit follows the Aam Aadmi Party's allegation that the LG doesn't want to work on weekends.
Over the past few days, the LG's office and the Delhi government have been sparring over the government's handling of the health crisis and the former even asking Education Minister Manish Sasodia to cut short his trip to Finland.
While doing a round of the hospitals, Jung said, "The government at the senior-most level must keep a close watch on the current surge in cases of chikungunya, dengue and malaria." He asked Health and Family Welfare Secretary Chandrakar Bharti, who was accompanying him, to give him regular updates on the situation.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government issued a panel report today ruling out deaths due to chikungunya. Till Saturday, the number of deaths due to complications arising out of chikungunya stood at 15. A committee set up by the government to look into the recent deaths claimed that there had been no confirmed fatalities because of the vector-borne disease.
The panel said the patients suffered from other health complications and chikungunya aggravated their condition. The report listed co-morbidities such as sepsis, kidney injury and pneumonia as complications that may have led to the deaths.
As part of the visit, the LG and his team visited fever clinics, laboratories, emergency/casualty wards at Lok Nayak Hospital, Bara Hindu Rao Hospital, GTB Hospital. Jung spoke with medical superintendents, doctors, patients and hospital staff to assess the situation first-hand. Jung asked medical superintendents to "ensure that patients with complications, particularly those who are elderly, are attended to with greater care". On being apprised about the surge in patients on Sundays, the LG asked Bharti to "help provide additional doctors, if required".