Centre assures Odisha of all assistance to tackle dengue

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New Delhi: With dengue cases on the rise in Odisha, the Centre today assured the state of providing assistance in taking preventive measures to tackle the disease and said it is even prepared to send a team of doctors.

Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram today met Health Minister J P Nadda and MoS for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste and expressed concern over the rising jaundice and dengue cases in Barbil and neighbouring areas in Keonjhar district of Odisha.

Nadda spoke to Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak and while discussing the situation said his ministry is ready to send a team of doctors to the state.

Nayak, however, told Nadda that at present the situation is under control and a request for assistance would be sent to the Centre “if and when the need arises”, an official statement said.

“The ministry is geared up to send a team of doctors to Odisha to extend all necessary support to strengthen its efforts towards management of dengue in the state.

“The Centre is ready to extend all assistance to the state in terms of preventive and curative measures for managing the situation in Odisha,” the statement said quoting Nadda.

During the meeting with the Union Health Minister, Oram expressed concern over the rising jaundice and dengue cases which have reached more than 600 and also requested that a team of doctors be sent to the state to assist it in managing the situation.

Nadda had recently reviewed the dengue situation in the states and asked them to develop micro-plans for endemic districts and underlined the need for undertaking house-to-house surveillance for its prevention.

The ministry had also asked the states to review and strengthen coordination between municipal bodies and other departments to keep public and private buildings vector free.

According to National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme data till June 28, around 8,307 dengue cases have been reported throughout the country, 10 people have lost their lives due to the disease.

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