September 15, 2016 7:02:48 pm
Chikungunya seems to have taken a back seat in Karnataka as it has been fighting fire ever since the Supreme Court ordered them to release water from Cauvery river basin to the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reveals that 9427 people are suspected to be carrying the vector-borne disease and 911 tested positive as on September 11. Karnataka currently has the highest number of suspected Chikungunya cases in the country, which is more than 50 per cent of the total number of suspected cases in the entire country.
Delhi comes a close second with 1724 suspected cases and ranks first with 1057 confirmed cases of Chikungunya. The national capital is currently battling to contain the disease from spreading as it has already claimed the lives of 12 persons. When the first reports of the Chikungunya outbreak poured in, the Delhi government and MCDs resorted to blame game instead of charting out a course of action. The Aam Aadmi Party blamed the Centre and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung of paralysing the government, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal leading the charge. Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain also joined the chorus, accusing the L-G of allegedly asking health ministry officials to not report to him. Most of the Delhi Cabinet ministers were out of the capital, including Chief Minister Kejriwal, at the time of the outbreak. L-G Jung was also out of town, visiting US of A.
Maharashtra is third in the list of suspected and confirmed Chikungunya cases. The first death in Mumbai due to the disease was reported on Wednesday when an middle-aged woman died at Nair Hospital. Assam, Bihar and Rajasthan are the three states with zero cases of Chikungunya reported. The north-east has also registered a few cases, with Meghalaya and Tripura leading the charts. Punjab has also seen a spurt in the number of suspected cases. Suspected cases of Chikungunya were reported in Patiala and Ludhiana. The total number of suspected Chikungunya cases in the country currently stands at 14656 and confirmed cases at 2897 (until September 11).
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