Don’t worry about dengue, deaths are minimal: Central team

A five-member central team deputed to examine the dengue situation in Tamil Nadu has termed the 40 deaths since January due to the fever as minimal and said there was no need to panic.

The team comprised doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi. It is in Tamil Nadu to take stock of the health situation in the State due to the outbreak of dengue.

The Tamil Nadu government has sought Rs 256 crore from the central government to manage dengue in the state, said state Health Minister C Vijaybaskar.

Talking to reporters, Vijaybaskar said the funds request was made to the team deputed by the central government on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to investigate the dengue outbreak in Tamil Nadu.

“The death of 40 (people) out of the 12,000 (cases) is minimal. It is nothing… no need to create panic,” Professor of Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and a member of the team Ashutosh Biswas told reporters.

Biswas and other members of the team stressed the current situation in Tamil Nadu did not warrant any panic and asked people to participate in large numbers to create awareness on the fever spread by mosquitoes.