New Delhi, July 27: As viral fever like dengue and swine flu has claimed many lives in India, Kerala tops the list of having highest records with 10,377 dengue cases where 18 succumbed to deadly dengue. After Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra too stand in the same line having highest records of dengue cases.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda reported in a written reply ‘Kerala recorded 10,377 cases and 18 deaths due to dengue till July 9, followed by Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, with one casualty in each state. Whereas Tamil Nadu reported 4,407 cases, while Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh recorded 372 and 97 cases, respectively.
Haryana reported one case and one death in the same period. Karnataka reported 2,193 cases, while Andhra Pradesh reported 633 cases. Last year, the country had registered 245 deaths and 1,29,166 cases of dengue.
Minister Nadda said that this year, till June, the government has supplied 1,793 anti-dengue kits across the country.
“In the absence of any effective drug against dengue infection, it mainly depends on control of vector mosquito for which effective community participation and inter-sectoral coordination of various stakeholders are very important,” Nadda said.
The government is concurrently carrying out awareness programs to educate people about the symptoms of swine flu and when to seek expert help. Recently Health Minister Dr. Deepak Sawant had held a review meeting to take a stock of the situation and come out with strategies to combat the situation and ensure that it does not spread. Dr. Avinash Supe, Dean of King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, said, “All doctors working in government hospitals are now doing a surveillance exercise in Mumbai city to check whether there are people infected with the virus. We are taking all the precautionary measures to keep the disease in check and should swine flu cases be found, we will shift them to the hospital.” Dr Supe added, “Swine flu is spreading due to a sudden change in weather.”