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New Delhi : The Union Health Ministry has rushed high level teams to 9 States/UTs reporting high caseload of Dengue to support them in public health measures for control and management of the disease in these states.

This is in accordance with directions of Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya during the review meeting on the Dengue situation in Delhi on November 1, 2021. These states/UTs are Haryana, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, and Jammu & Kashmir.

The Union Health Minister had directed the Health Ministry to extend help to all the States/UTs having a high incidence of Dengue cases. A total of 1,16,991 dengue cases have been reported by States and UTs across the country.

A significantly higher number of cases in some states were reported in October as compared to number of cases during the same period previous year. A total of 15 States/UTs are reporting their maximum cases in the current year.These states contributed 86% of the country’s total Dengue cases till October 31, 2021, according to a PIB release.

In view of this, the Central teams comprising experts from NVBDCP, NCDC, and Regional Offices have been sent to 9 States/UTs that  reported more cases in October compared to September.

The teams are tasked to assist and support states to mount an effective public health response. The teams have been asked to report on status of vector control, availability kits and medicine, early detection, availability and use of insecticides, status of anti-larval and anti-adult vector control measures etc. They will also brief the State Health authorities about their observations.