Minister for Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda on Wednesday held a high level meeting to review the preparedness of the ministry and central government hospitals to prevent and control spread of dengue and chikungunya in the country.
The minister asked the states to launch aggressive information, education and communication campaigns to enhance awareness on prevention and control of vectors.
The meeting was attended by CK Mishra, Secretary (Health) and other senior officers of the Health Ministry, National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as well as directors/MS from the central government hospitals.
During the meeting, Nadda was briefed on the preparations of the Health Ministry. He was informed that advisories were sent to all states as early as January for strengthening their preparedness before the dengue season.
The officials informed him that teams of experts from the union health ministry have visited many states to review their preparedness and advised them suitably. The central government hospitals informed that they were adequately equipped to combat dengue and chikungunya during this season.
The Health Minister also directed the officers to conduct regular supervisory visits to various hospitals in Delhi for assessing the situation, preparedness and to provide on the spot technical guidance to the health authorities. Nadda also asked the secretary (health) to review the preparedness of the states through a video conference.