New Delhi: Alarmed by the rise in number of dengue cases, the Centre rushed high-level teams to nine states and Union Territories to help them manage the outbreak.
The teams will help these states and UTs in public health measures to control and manage the disease.
The teams, comprising officials from the National Centre for Disease Control and National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme, have been sent to Haryana, Punjab. Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. These places have reported a considerable number of dengue cases
Delhi alone reported 1,530 cases of dengue so far this year, of which nearly 1,200 have been reported in October alone. According to available data, this is the highest for the month in last four years.
Pune in Maharashtra reported 168 cases in October.
In Chandigarh, 33 persons died of dengue. In fact, the number of cases in October is higher than the annual figure for past three years.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reviewed the dengue situation on Monday and assured of full government support for dealing with it. AT that time, he had announced that teams of experts would be sent to states with high number of cases.
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