Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Health Minister, reviewed the dengue situation in the national capital on Monday and ordered the health secretary to dispatch a team of experts to states with a high active caseload for disease control and management.
Mandaviya emphasised the importance of intervention by pointing out that dengue affects a large number of poor people. "Antipyretic drugs may be prescribed by primary health care centres to suppress symptoms without addressing the underlying cause, which may result in the patient's death. The most important step in determining whether or not you have dengue fever is to get tested "he stated.
Mandaviya also ordered officials to increase testing so that all cases are properly reported and treated. The minister emphasised the importance of effective coordination between the federal government and the states. He observed that some hospitals are overburdened with dengue cases, while other hospitals' beds remain vacant. He asked Delhi officials to investigate the possibility of repurposing Covid beds for dengue treatment.