After a serious of medical negligence and overcharging cases in NCR hospitals, a new case on Saturday emerged of a Gurugram hospital inflicting huge amount of bill for treatment.A month after the death of a seven-year-old boy due to dengue, his father has filed a case against Medanta Hospital in Gurugram for overcharging during treatment. He alleged that the Gurugram hospital charged him around Rs 15. 88 lakh for his son’s treatment.”My child was there in the hospital for 21 days, the hospital gave us a bill of Rs 15.88 lakh. We had to request people for money, the hospital has looted us in the name of treatment,” father of the deceased told ANI.However, after staying there for weeks and as the minor’s condition deteriorated, the Medanta Hospital authorities asked the patient’s family to shift him to a government hospital where the seven-year-old passed away.”When the doctors at Medanta felt that the child’s condition is such that he can no longer be kept there, then they pushed us to shift him to a Govt hospital, so we shifted him there,” the father said.The FIR was registered at the Gurgaon’s Sadar police station against the hospital authorities. “Complaint received at Police Station Sadar yesterday, complainant has leveled allegation on Medanta Hospital (Gurugram), their child suffering from dengue was admitted in the hospital, huge bill penalty was imposed on them. Investigation is underway,” said Gurugram Police.In another incident of overcharging, parents of a seven-year old girl, who died on November 21 of Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS), had accused the Fortis hospital in Gurugram of charging Rs 16 lakh for the 15-day treatment.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Health Minister JP Nadda today sought a “detailed report” from a Gurgaon-based private hospital, which billed the family of a child who died of dengue almost Rs 16 lakh, and said the government would take “action” based on it.The minister, who termed the incident “very unfortunate”, said he had also asked the health secretary to look into the case. “The government has taken cognisance of the case. I’ve enquired from the hospital authorities and asked them to submit a detailed report to the health ministry,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a health conference here. The case relates to the death in September of a seven- year-old girl who was admitted to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon, a multi super-speciality care hospital.”I’ve also asked the health secretary to look into the case, and based on the report, we will take the needed action,” he said. Nadda said he had taken note of the allegation levelled on Twitter last night against the hospital by a friend of the girl’s parents.
ALSO READ Father of deceased 7-year-old pleads for justice as hospital bills Rs 16 lakhs in 2 weeks”One of my batchmate’s 7 year old was in @fortis_hospital for ~15 days for Dengue. Billed 18 lakhs including for 2700 gloves. She passed away at the end of it…,” the friend said in the tweet which went viral. Fortis Hospital in a statement yesterday had claimed “all standard medical protocols were followed in treating the patient and all clinical guidelines were adhered to”. Fortis said it had charged the family Rs 15.79 lakh.
The bill for two weeks includes the cost of more than 600 syringes and around 1,600 pairs of gloves.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurgaon-based Fortis Hospital charged Dwarka resident Jayant Singh over a lakh rupees per day for fifteen days when they admitted their 7-year-old daughter to the hospital for treatment of dengue. Adya, Jayant’s daughter was declared dead on September 15. Her hospital bills soared close to Rs16 lakh in a fortnight, which Jayant paid upfront to the hospital. What Jayant feels dejected about is the arbitrary costs imposed by the hospital that soared by tens of thousands every single day. Meanwhile, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda came out in support of the family and tweeted “Please provide me details on [email protected] – We will take all necessary action.”Adya was burning under high fever on the night of August 27 and was admitted to Rockland Hospital of Dwarka Sector 12 by August 29. “Much to our horror, she was initially admitted into a room with a Swine Flu patient lying beside her. We protested and got her room changed,” said Jayant. On August 31, she was detected with Dengue Type IV and was asked by Rockland doctors to be shifted to another hospital which would have a paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) set up. “We shifted her to Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon where she was sedated and immediately put on a ventilator. For three days, she was under sedation. On the fourth and the fifth day, there was no doctor to talk to as it was a weekend. We stood clueless outside the ICU, staring at our sick baby through the glass window, wondering what to do,” said Jayant. However, the hospital has refuted the allegations levelled by the family. According to the hospital, the girl was admitted with dengue shock syndrome and her condition was extremely serious. “The girl came to us without the medical advice of the previous hospital. As soon as she came to us, we had incubated her. On September 14, she was put off the ventilator as suggested by the family and against the doctor’s advice,” said a senior doctor from Fortis hospital.Explaining the situation further, the doctor added that a multi-disciplinary team of doctors was formed to look into the case. “Clearly, everything is planned. The girl passed away on September 14 and the family is making the false allegations after two months,” added the doctor.Jayant ended up paying the highest for expensive branded drugs, close to Rs 4 lakh when cheaper options for drugs were available. Cost of Medical consumables including up to 2700 gloves billed at Rs 17,142 came up to a whopping Rs 2.73 lakh, while medical investigations including blood tests cost him another Rs 2.17 lakh. Diagnostics are though billed separately from investigations, adding another Rs 29, 290. AT A GLANCEBill detailsDescriptionAdmission Charge – Rs 1250 Blood Bank – Rs 61, 315 Diagnostics – Rs 29, 290 Doctor charges – Rs 53, 900 Drugs – Rs 3, 96, 732.48 Equipment Charge – Rs 71,000 Investigations – Rs 2, 17, 594 Medical and Surgical Procedures – Rs 2, 85, 797 Medical Consumables – Rs 2, 73, 394 Miscellaneous – Rs 15, 150 Room Rent – Rs 1, 74,000 Discount – Rs 20,000 Total Bill – Rs 15, 79, 322.48 Adya was jabbed on an average of forty syringes per day, a total of 660 syringes in fourteen days, show medical records, said Jayant. “Also the hospital procured 21 vials of the costlier brand of Meropenem injection, ‘Merocrit,’ by Cipla – per vial costing around Rs 3100 billed at Rs 65,362 and 9 vials of cheaper brand of the same Meropenem injection, ‘Merolan,’ by Mylan – per vial costing around Rs 500 billed at Rs 4,491. Both the brands were pumped into my baby’s body. Clearly, more vials of the expensive injection, up to seven times the price but said to have the same effect were administered. We were not even asked our preference for drugs which is an essential right of the citizen,” said Jayant. “Also, a blood sugar testing strip costs Rs 13, but we were charged Rs 200 per strip.”Every day as the bills soared while Adya fought for her life on the ventilator, the billing department would call Jayant to cough up more money. “We have an insurance cover of Rs 3 lakh. After it was overshot, the finance team would call up every day and ask me to deposit more money which I did,” said Jayant. It is not as much about the money as it is about the utterly insensitive approach of the hospital staff, Jayant recounts. For a family sitting 24×7 outside an ICU, each minute seems like a lifetime.On the seventh day of the admission to Fortis, doctors informed Jayant that her brain was in a critical shape and that her body organs had started failing. She was started on dialysis. “While on September 9, 10 and 11 she was undergoing dialysis, another weekend approached and we had no access to a doctor who would counsel us on her condition,” said Jayant. Adya was under still under heavy sedation and on September 14, the doctors told the family that they would conduct an MRI scan on her. “They later told me that up to 70-80% of her brain had been damaged and even if she were to recover she would not have normal function,” Jayant stated. What was more shocking was when a doctor walked up to Jayant’s wife and suggested a full body plasma transplant costing close to Rs 15-20 lakh as a last resort to save baby Adya. “On one hand, the doctors had declared that my baby’s brain was 70-80% damaged, while on the other hand, they suggested a full body plasma transplantation,” said Jayant.Giving up all hope, Jayant told the doctors at Fortis that he wanted to take his baby home. “They told me that I will have to seek Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA) and arrange for an ambulance myself. They took her off the ventilator, dialysis and stopped feeding her,” said Jayant. “At the end of two weeks in Fortis, on the last day, I was waiting to ferry my baby away since 2 pm. They only released her at 11:30 pm. We immediately took her back to Rockland Hospital and after much persuasion, they conducted an ECG, declared Adya dead and issued us a death certificate.” Fortis Hospital had refused to issue Jayant a death certificate for his deceased baby as they were seeking Discharge Against Medical Advice. All along Jayant had suspected that his baby had died in the Fortis ICU itself. “Her skin had turned blue and had crumpled. But the doctors kept telling me that this happens. I believe my baby had died while she was all wired up in the Fortis paediatric ICU itself,” said Jayant. “The nurses came up to me saying that as they were readying my baby to be shifted out of Fortis, her clothes don’t fit her. I asked her to be discharged in the medical gown. They asked me to go to the billing counter and pay for the gown as well.”Jayant had twin daughters – Adya and Anya. Anya constantly kept inquiring about her ailing sister Adya, while Jayant’s wife Deepti, who was six weeks pregnant at the time of Adya’s hospital admission, suffered a miscarriage. “I am still trying to hold my family together. My wife and my twin daughter Anya are reeling under an extreme shock. And we have lost our unborn child too,” sobbed Jayant. Jayant is contemplating suing Fortis Hospital in the court of law for the unimaginable trauma and mental harassment it has brought him and his family. Meanwhile, the family has taken to Facebook and Twitter to disseminate awareness about the commercialisation of health care. “We have started a Facebook page – Fight against healthcare corruption to make people aware of such commercialisation. I will soon move the court of law too against Fortis,” he said.The hospital has issued a statement.“We empathize with Baby Adya’s family in this difficult hour of sorrow and grief. Seven-year-old Baby Adya was brought in to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (Gurgaon), from another private hospital on the morning of 31st August 2017. She was admitted with Severe Dengue which progressed to Dengue shock syndrome and was managed on IV fluids and supportive treatment as there was a progressive fall in platelet count and hemoconcentration. As her condition deteriorated, she had to be put on ventilatory support within 48 hours. The family was kept informed of the critical condition of the child and the poor prognosis in these situations. As a process, we counselled the family daily on the condition of the child. On 14th September, 17, the family decided to take her away from the hospital against medical advice (LAMA – Leave Against Medical Advice) and she succumbed the same day. All standard medical protocols were followed in treating the patient and all clinical guidelines were adhered to.An itemized bill spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family at the time of their departure from the hospital. The patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU (PICU) for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission requiring Intensive monitoring. Treatment during these 15 days included mechanical ventilation, high-frequency ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy, intravenous antibiotics, inotropes, sedation and analgesia. Care of ventilated patients in ICU requires a high number of consumables as per globally accepted infection control protocols. All consumables are transparently reflected in records and charged as per actuals.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> BJP West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh has written to Union Health Minister J P Nadda seeking his intervention to tackle the state’s dengue situation which, he said, has become an ‘epidemic’.In a letter to Nadda, Ghosh alleged that hospitals and health centres of the state are inadequately equipped to treat patients and are sending them home without meaningful treatment. “Under such precarious situation where common people are victims and state government is busy subverting the facts, I am compelled to request you to kindly intervene in this ‘dengue epidemic situation’ in West Bengal immediately and please take necessary steps to provide relief to the people,” he said in the letter.The BJP leader also accused the Mamata Banerjee government of discreetly instructing the hospitals not to write dengue in prescriptions or in death certificates and has created fear psychosis among doctors. “The CM, who is also the health minister, has declined to accept that there is any epidemic of dengue in Bengal and said ‘it is a conspiracy of the opposition political parties’,” Ghosh said. Alleging that there is a huge shortage of dengue test kits in state-run hospitals, he wrote to the union minister that the number of dengue deaths in the state were much more than the state government’s claim of 18.The number of dengue cases have crossed 50,000 while the health department is saying it is only 18,000, he claimed in the letter written on Thursday, a copy of which was made available to the media today. When contacted, Ghosh told PTI that the state government is unwilling to solve the situation and that is why it is trying to suppress facts. “Lives of the common people hold no value to this government. The Mamata Banerjee government has lost the trust of the people,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as three cases of dengue were reported on a daily basis in the first four days of November, as per the health report issued by the health department of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Monday. October saw an average of six dengue cases daily.As per the health report, 126 vector-borne and 176 water-borne cases were registered in the first four days of November. While 91 cases were of malaria, 23 were of falciparum and 12 were of dengue. Not a single case of chikungunya have been reported in November.Experts said the number of vector-borne cases will reduce as winter sets in. Out of the 176 water-borne cases recorded between November 1 and 4, 76 were of gastroenteritis, 61 were of typhoid and 39 were of jaundice.Meanwhile, AMC has collected 371 random water samples from across the city and sent them for laboratory testing.CASE FILEAs per the health report, 126 vector-borne and 176 water-borne cases were registered in the first four days of November. While 91 cases were of malaria, 23 were of falciparum and 12 were of dengue.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she had allotted additional funds to municipalities for dealing with dengue and would dissolve a municipality if it was found to be faltering in dealing with the spread of the disease.“I have alerted all municipalities against dengue. If I find anyone not putting enough effort, I might dissolve the municipality as well,” she said interacting with mediapersons at Nabanna, the state secretariat.Dengue menace had affected several areas across the state especially areas such as Deganga, Bhangar, Bongaon and Dum Dum in North 24 Parnagas and pockets of East and West Midnapore, Malda and Murshidabad districts as well.Although chief secretary Malay De had said on October 24 that dengue had claimed 34 lives in the state Mamata, who is also the health minister, said today that only 13 persons have died at state-run hospitals. “Even one death is not desirable. I have been told that another 27 have died at private nursing homes and hospitals. We are looking into the papers. Those have not been confirmed yet because there are many private health institutions which resort to corrupt practices. There are private hospitals which are charging Rs 5-7 lakh for administrating saline and oxygen. We have cancelled the licences of three pathological laboratories,” she said and added that a section of media had also been blowing things out of proportions making it look like an epidemic whereas the picture in other state was worse than in Bengal. “Gujarat is a smaller state compared to Bengal but there too 435 people have died of dengue, 695 persons died in Maharashtra, 230 in Rajasthan, 165 in UP, 141 in Madhya Pradesh, 80 in Assam, 83 in Odisha and 111 deaths in Kerala,” she said.Mamata said that dengue had spread because of the prolonged monsoons. “Dengue has changed its character as well. More research needs to be done to deal with it,” she added. Mamata also alleged that political parties were crying hoarse for political dividend. “When we were in the Opposition, I had hit the streets to help people who had been affected during an outbreak of malaria. At present, political parties are taking out rallies and panicking people,” she said.State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said that West Bengal Congress would move High Court against the state for charges of suppressing actual figures of death caused by dengue. “We will submit a memorandum to the governor on November 2 and will put up an agitation on November 3. Doctors are under pressure not to write dengue on prescriptions of affected. We want the state to file an affidavit and say that the deaths cause is owing to an unknown fever. I will file a PIL in this regard,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the panic over the rampant outbreak of dengue in Tamil Nadu, a five-member Central team arrived here on Friday to take stock of the severity of the dengue situation and asked the public not to panic, stating that 40 deaths out of 12,000 dengue cases are minimal.”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. He said the situation did not warrant any panic and stressed on more public cooperation in eradicating the fever spread by mosquitoes.Stating that the team had come here to support the state government and also examine the surge of dengue cases in the state, Dr Biswas said that several parts of the country, including Kerala, had witnessed the outbreak of the fever. When asked about the rising dengue deaths, he said that a number of factors, including medical negligence, secondary infections, possibility of any other serious disease and possible late referrals, should also be examined. “The virus causing the fever is generally killed within five days by the body,” he said.”Eradication of dengue is not in the hands of the government, but in the hands of the public. Everybody has to change their habits,” Dr Biswas said. The practice of storing water, especially in drums, should be changed since it aids breeding of mosquitoes and the spread of dengue, he said. “If we change our habit of collecting fresh water, naturally we will eradicate dengue,” he added.During discussions with the team members, the state government sought Rs 256 crore from the Centre to enhance its dengue control activities. Officials, including Principal Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan, apprised the team of the steps taken to curb dengue, the handling of which by the state has come in for sharp criticism from opposition parties. Opposition leaders including DMK working president MK Stalin and DMDK founder Vijayakanth had accused the state government of under-reporting the dengue deaths and cases. They alleged that AIADMK government was busy handling the infighting and failed to contain the dengue outbreak.The team will be visiting a couple of government hospitals here and also hold public interactions during their proposed two-three days’ stay, State Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar told reporters. The team was apprised of the state government’s anti-dengue initiatives and told that they were being implemented on a “war-footing”, he said. “We have said we will implement their suggestions. To strengthen our efforts by expanding human resources involved in dengue control activities and procuring more fogging machines. We have sought central funding of Rs 256 crore,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the death of DU professor Dr Sanjay Kumar on Thursday, a member of the Varsity’s Executive Council (EC), highest decision making body, wrote a letter to the Vice Chancellor urging him to improve medical facilities provided to employees.”Dr Kumar was admitted to Sundarlal Jain Hospital on Wednesday evening. At midnight, his attendant was told to arrange for platelets as his count decreased dangerously. By the time it was arranged, he was no more,” said Rajesh Jha, assistant professor at Rajdhani College and an EC member.Jha further said that the hospitals the university has on its panel, where its employees can avail medical services, are badly equipped and cannot handle critical cases.”In many cases, the hospitals are turning away patients citing lack of beds. Dengue has acquired epidemic proportions and its increasing complexity requires super speciality treatment on an urgent basis,” reads the letter.”I request you to allow the university staff suffering from dengue to get admitted in any hospital and grant total reimbursement for the hospitalisation,” the letter added.Raising the issue of alleged loopholes at Sundarlal Jain Hospital, Jha said, “Last year too, the university administration was informed about the problems at the hospital even as it continues to be on the panel. The faculty members demand an immediate review of the panel as the University employees are presently deprived of better medical facilities.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A second case of dengue death was reported in the Capital on Thursday after a Delhi University professor succumbed to the vector-borne disease due to low blood platelet count.Dr Sanjay Kumar was admitted to Sunder Lal Jain Hospital late on Wednesday evening and his platelets dropped alarmingly later in the night. His family was advised to arrange platelets but he passed away on Thursday morning after his platelet count dropped to 10,000.Ironically, the DU professor had updated his Facebook status on Tuesday, making a joke about his low platelet count.His family members have stated that a number of people in the neighbourhood, some of whom include faculty members, are suffering from the disease too.Apart from the hospital’s seeming inability to cope with the dengue menace, the MCD too has received its share of the blame. Despite the large number of deaths in the Capital due to dengue, MCD records still show only one death related to dengue.The Delhi civic body has recorded the death of 13-year-old Nitish Kumar, a resident of Safdarjung development area, who died of ‘Dengue Shock Syndrome’ on August 1, thirty six hours after he was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.Meanwhile, deaths related to dengue continue to occur in the Capital.A 40-year-old man died of dengue at Lok Nayak Hospital in August.The case was followed by that of a 13-year-old girl from Burari area last week who succumbed to dengue at the Hindu Rao Hospital.So far, at least 288 fresh cases of dengue have been reported by the civic bodies of Delhi last week till September 23, taking the total count of people affected by the disease to 3,109. The number includes 1,465 Delhi residents and 1,644 people from neighbouring states.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 130 fresh cases of dengue have been reported during the last week in Delhi, taking the total number of people affected by the vector-borne disease this season to nearly 500, according to a municipal report released on Monday.The number of people affected by malaria this year till August 12, has climbed to 385 while the figure for chikungunya stands at 283. Of the 496 dengue cases, 251 affected people were residents of Delhi while the rest of the cases diagnosed here were traced to other states. At least 79 cases have been recorded this month.Nearly 120 cases of dengue were reported last month, while 15 were recorded in June.Notwithstanding the rising number of cases of vector- borne diseases, the Delhi government had last week said there was “no need to panic” and the administration was “adequately equipped” to handle any situation.The season for the vector-borne diseases kicked in mid- July and it generally lasts till November-end. Cases of all the three vector-borne diseases were reported much earlier this time, which doctors had attributed to early arrival of the monsoon.Dengue and chikungunya are caused by aedes agypti mosquito, which breeds in clear water. Anopheles mosquito, which causes malaria, can breed in both fresh and muddy water.According to the report, breeding of mosquitoes has been reported at 1,04,758 households in Delhi. All the three municipal corporations have stepped up awareness drives — distributing pamphlets and plying vehicles with loudspeakers issuing dos and don’ts for prevention of the diseases.The Delhi government had on June 23 instructed state-run and private hospitals, and nursing homes to increase their bed capacity by up to 20 per cent for the next six months to deal with any possible outbreak of dengue and chikungunya.The government has banned over-the-counter sale of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and brufen as their use may “pose a threat” to dengue and chikungunya patients.At least 15 fatalities were reported last year at various hospitals in the city due to complications triggered by chikungunya though the civic bodies have kept the death tally at zero.At least 21 deaths due to dengue were reported last year at various hospitals, including nine at AIIMS, though the official tally of the civic bodies stood at 10. Seventeen deaths suspected to be due to malaria in 2016 were also reported by the civic bodies.In one of the worst outbreaks, a total of 12,221 chikungunya cases were reported in Delhi till December 24, 2016, out of which 9,749 were confirmed.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Construction sites have emerged as the new mosquito-breeding grounds in the Capital. The three municipal corporations of Delhi have issued 2,850 legal notices. Besides this, 81 sites have been challaned and their developers will have to appear in court.While the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has issued 300 legal notices, South Corporation issued around 2,000 notices and the North Corporation issued around 550 notices for “not taking appropriate measures” and allowing “mosquitoes to breed.””Besides issuing notices, we have issued 81 challans to the developers of construction sites for not following norms. Construction sites are potential hot spots for breeding, as most of the times the contractors do not take measures against collection of water,” said a senior East Corporation official.”Action is being taken against defaulters in which the number of construction sites is high. Legal notices have been sent to all while the next step is prosecution,”Mosquitoes mainly breed in artificial collection of clean water in desert coolers, uncovered storage containers, open septic tanks, broken pipes and old tyres etc. During the rains the possibility of accumulation of water becomes high.The outbreak of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya, which have taken a toll on people’s health over the past two years, happens around the monsoon.Statistics show that till April 15, 2017, 79 chikungunya cases have been reported while 27 cases of dengue were reported. The year 2015 saw a massive outbreak of dengue with around 15,867 cases reported while 2016 saw 4,413 dengue cases, a massive spread of chikungunya affecting 7,760 people was reported.Before this the big outbreak of dengue was in 2009 before the Commonwealth Games 2010 with massive building activity when an estimated 6,000 dengue cases were reported from across the city.Earlier this year, government had ordered inspection of construction sites and residential areas to check mosquito-breeding. Following this, the Public Works Department directed its engineers to visit construction sites under their jurisdiction and identify ones with stagnant water….& ANALYSISCoolers and tankers used to store water make construction sites an ideal breeding ground for dengue.
During the rains, the possibility of accumulation of water becomes higher and cases of dengue and chikungunya go up
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though scientists at the ICGEB, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, in the Capital, confirmed the first phase of the human clinical trials of Malaria vaccine and the pre-clinical research of ‘Dengue’ vaccine have been completed, Delhiites have little cause to cheer. This is because both the vaccines undergoing trials will take several years to reach the counters.”The MVDP (Malaria Vaccine Development Programme) jointly setup with the Department of Biotechnology, has been working on these trials for over a decade now but it is still in early stages. It will take years for it to reach the people,” said Doctor Dinakar Salunke, Director, ICGEB.While the malaria vaccine has done some trials on humans, the dengue vaccine and tablet have only just finished their pre-clinical stages and have been transferred to Sun Pharma for the next round of research and trials.”We have completed pre-clinical research work for Dengue in mice and monkeys. Most vaccines that are being prepared have live attenuated virus but the drug research that we are working on has recombinant virus-like particles which resemble viruses but do not carry the DNA/genetic code with it,” said Dr Navin Khanna, Recombinant Gene Products Leader, ICGEB.The laboratory is researching for both tablets and injectable vaccines for dengue, where the tablets will be made from a botanical drug based on a plant called ‘Cissampelos Pareira’. It was found that the extract from this plant can destroy the virus without any side-effects.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost six months after three cases of the deadly Zika Virus were reported from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has finally made the information public.Surprisingly, the Union Health Ministry is still silent on the issue, even though it had conducted laboratory tests to confirm the virus. All the three cases are from the Bapunagar area in Ahmedabad district, one of which includes a pregnant woman.The WHO on Friday evening evening confirmed the outbreak on their website, listing the three cases and the response from the Public Health departments.Responding to a question on the issue on March 17, Union Minister of State for Health had said, “So far, only one case of laboratory-positive Zika virus disease has been detected in Ahmedabad, India as part of routine laboratory surveillance in January 2017.” She had also said, “The required containment measures were taken up as part of the protocol and intensified detailed surveillance both in humans and mosquitoes in and around Ahmedabad and Gujarat did not show any further positive cases.”On why only one case was reported in March to the Parliament, a senior health official said, “while two cases were picked up in January for testing and the third in February, only one confirmed case had been detected while replying to the Parliament.” WHO had declared that Zika was no longer an international public health emergency in November 2016. Three suspected cases were picked up, and were eventually tested for Zika after they tested negative for Dengue and Chikungunya, we were not bound to make information public as emergency had been announced over. WHO later asked for a detailed report which we made available to them, that was later hosted on their website, the official said. He said there is no cause to worry as the subsequent 30,000 samples, including that of pregnant mothers, children, those with acute febrile illnesses and that of mosquitoes had turned out to be negative.Senior functionaries of the Health Ministry didn’t respond to calls and messages about the reasons for not making the information about the outbreak public.The three cases include a 64 years old male with febrile illness, but came out negative for Dengue and later confirmed positive for Zika. His sample was among the 93 samples taken between 10 and 16th February 2016, during an Acute Febrile Illness Surveillance at the B J Medical College in Ahmedabad.One of the cases is a 34-year woman, who had no history of traveling in the last three months from when her sample was taken on November 9, 2016. The woman was admitted to the BJMC for her delivery and developed a low fever soon afterward. She delivered a ‘clinically’ well baby.The most recent case from early this year came to light during another surveillance between 6 and 12 January 2017, where a 22 years old pregnant woman in her 37th week of pregnancy has been tested positive.Both the pregnant cases could be dangerous as the Zika virus causes microcephaly, which is a birth defect causing an underdeveloped brain.She said the government has taken adequate measures to prevent Zika virus disease outbreak and has been regularly reviewing the preventive measures. An action plan has been prepared to manage Zika and shared with all states while advisories have been issued to them to intensify vector control measures.As per the WHO, In addition to National Institute of Virology, Pune, and NCDC in Delhi, 25 laboratories have been strengthened by Indian Council of Medical Research for laboratory diagnosis. In addition, 3 entomological laboratories are conducting Zika virus testing on mosquito samples.The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has tested 34,233 human samples and 12,647 mosquito samples for the presence of Zika virus. Among those, close to 500 mosquitos samples were collected from Bapunagar area, Ahmedabad District, in Gujarat, and were found negative for Zika.World Health Organization had declared Zika as Public Health Emergency of International Concern in February 2016, it later said that the virus is no more an emergency of International concern but it has a threat of becoming one.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Delhi High Court will on Thursday continue hearing a suo motu cognizance by the court seeking action by the government and civic authorities to stop spread of diseases such as dengue and chikungunya. Earlier on May 16, the High Court had pulled up the Centre, the Delhi Government and civic agencies for failing to take appropriate steps in regard with combating the spread of vector-borne diseases. Taking a dig at all the three authorities, the court said that mosquitoes don’t wait for meetings and asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to conduct mapping of vulnerable areas where dengue and chikungunya cases have occurred. Earlier this month, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal issued directions for a comprehensive plan to make the national capital mosquito free. “The Chief Minister has given instructions to make a comprehensive proposal to make Delhi mosquito free in which help of concerned officials of Union Government, Delhi government and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and neighbouring towns of Delhi-NCR region should be taken,” said Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Informing about the preventive measures, Sisodia said the Chief Minister has ordered to fix the fee of private hospitals that would be treating Dengue and Chikungunya. The Deputy Chief Minister said, “All the government hospitals have been asked to increase 10 to 20 percent beds for the fever patients”. At least 1,158 cases of dengue were reported in Delhi with nearly 390 of them being recorded in the first 10 days of September, the month in which the spread of vector-borne disease begins to peak. As half September month crossed, the death toll from two vector-borne diseases climbed to 30 and the number of affected people crossed 2,800. Miffed with the reported deaths, the Supreme Court earlier rebuked the Delhi Government for not handling the situation properly and making the people suffer in Delhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi would be made mosquito-free to eliminate vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya, and directed authorities to make a comprehensive plan for it.The directions were issued at a high-level meeting of officers from the three municipal corporations and the Delhi government, chaired by the chief minister.”Delhi will be made mosquito-free. We will have to get rid of mosquito-borne diseases. It will be made a people’s movement. It is only possible with people’s participation,” Kejriwal tweeted.He also wrote to Union Health Minister J P Nadda requesting him to reserve 10 per cent of beds in the central government-run hospitals for the treatment of dengue and chikungunya patients.In his letter to Nadda, Kejriwal also requested him to conduct research to find some measures either to get rid of these mosquitoes or some effective treatment of these diseases, as the incidence of these diseases is increasing by the year.Ahead of the MCD polls last month, Kejriwal had said that the people of Delhi would have only themselves to blame if they voted for the BJP and their children fell prey to dengue.Briefing about today’s meeting, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the chief minister has also directed to increase beds in all government hospitals by up to 20 per cent for the treatment of fever patients.This is the first meeting held by the chief minister to review preparedness to deal with dengue and chikungunya cases.He said that to ensure that fever patients don’t have to face problems, the chief minister has also ordered to set up a control room with a helpline number where people can get information about the availability of beds in a particular hospital.As per the plan, online database of beds in government hospitals will be created, he said.”The control room will help fever patients get beds in government hospitals. Like last year, the government will also fix the maximum fee for dengue and chikungunya tests in the city,” Sisodia said.He said, “Once there is a spurt in dengue and chikungunya cases, we will put a ban on the sale of Brufen group of medicines whose consumption leads to complications.” The deputy chief minister said that Kejriwal would again hold a review meeting in the next 10-15 days.Sisodia also said that to prepare the proposal, officers from the central government will also be involved.Till April 15 this year, 27 cases of dengue and 79 chikungunya cases have been reported.Last year, 4,431 cases of dengue and 7,760 cases of chikungunya were reported in Delhi.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another veiled attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday appealed the people to come out in large numbers and vote for a ‘Dengue and Chikungunya free’ Delhi.After casting his vote at a polling booth in Road Transport Office in Civil Lines for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, Kejriwal said, “I would appeal to the people of Delhi to vote in large numbers in order to make Delhi free from dengue and chikungunya.”On Friday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Delhi convener Dilip Pandey said people of the national capital have an opportunity to vote for ‘garbage free and Malaria, Chikungunya and Dengue free’ Delhi.Pandey said that the BJP has converted the MCDs into ?Most Corrupt Departments? in the world. He also challenged the saffron party to point out a single achievement of the MCDs during last 10 years.Taking potshots at Kejriwal for his ‘dengue-chikunguniya’ remark, the BJP on Saturday said the former’s statement reflects his frustration, adding that the AAP chief had no right to opine on other political parties.”Kejriwal’s statement reflects his frustration and disappointment. It seems like he has accepted his failure. Public has been giving vote to the BJP for last ten years. Be it MCD by-elections, Goa, Punjab, Varanasi, Lok Sabha elections, Kejriwal government has lost all the elections. They do politics of tussle and abuse and I don’t think this will bring development. He thinks people of Delhi are fool,” BJP leader Vijay Goel told ANI.Upping the ante on Kejriwal’s assertion, BJP leader Shaina NC said the former should first get rid of the dengue and chikunguniya that he has caused in Delhi and then opine on the BJP government.”If he has no ideology and conviction to live up to his political manifesto, then I think he has no right to comment on other political parties,” she told ANI.Kejriwal yesterday trained guns at the saffron party, while saying that the people should hold themselves responsible for dengue and chikungunya outbreaks if they vote for the BJP in the MCD elections.”If your children get dengue or chikungunya, then you yourself will be responsible for it, because you voted for a party (BJP) that spreads mosquitoes that breed dengue or chikungunya,” Kejriwal had said.Meanwhile, the polling for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has begun.The polling is being conducted for 272 wards of three MCD civic bodies and over 2,500 candidates are in the fray.Over 1.3 crore people are eligible to exercise their voting rights and of them more than 1.1 lakh are first-time voters.The civic polls will witness a triangular contest involving three major parties- the AAP, BJP and the Congress. Interestingly, None of the Above (NOTA) option has been made available for the first time in MCD elections.The Delhi Election Commission has set up over 13,000 polling booths, out of which over 3,000 have been identified as sensitive while around 1,500 as hypersensitive.Nearly 57, 000 police personnel have been deployed to ensure free and fair polls in the national capital.To avoid any untoward incident during the elections, the Delhi Government has ordered dry day to be observed in the national capital on the polling day.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today directed the AAP government and civic bodies to ensure that no dengue or chikungunya cases occur this year in the national capital. “You (government and civic bodies) must ensure that this time, the same things do not occur again,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said. The court also asked the agencies to inform it about what preventive steps they have taken in comparison to last year with regard to breeding of dengue mosquitoes. Expressing concern over the numerous deaths in 2016, the bench said the authorities concerned should have a policy, instead of shifting the blame on each other, to stop recurrence of mosquito-borne tropical diseases. It directed the government and municipal bodies to place before it the action taken report, explaining the steps proposed to be taken by them to control vector-borne diseases. It fixed the matter for May 1. The court has been hearing pleas accusing the AAP government and MCDs of not acting vigilantly and responsibly to control dengue and chikungunya. Four dengue deaths and as many as 1158 dengue and 1057 chikungunya cases have been reported in the national capital till September 10 last year. Delhi government’s senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra, meanwhile, denied claims of the petitioner that Delhi was facing the “worst dengue crisis” and a slew of measures have been taken to control these vector-borne diseases. He submitted that the Delhi government was continuously taking steps and has even held a high level meeting in this regard. Public awareness campaigns like information, education and communication are also being carried out, Mehra submitted. Out of two petitions, one was filed by law student Gauri Grover who has sought lodging of FIR against directors of hospitals which had denied treatment to a seven-year-old boy, who died of dengue and whose parents subsequently committed suicide in September 2015. In her petition, she had alleged that the boy had died due to the callous attitude of the hospitals. A PIL was also filed by an advocates in the wake of dengue deaths and cases in the national capital. The court had earlier asked the Centre and AAP government on another plea by advocate Arpit Bhargava to explain the steps taken by them to contain the disease while voicing concern over the rise of dengue cases. It had also asked the three municipal corporations and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to explain the steps taken by them in this regard.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Interacting with Delhiites on a Facebook live session, the Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken hit out at AAP and BJP and explained his party’s vision for a financially self reliant municipal corporations in the city. The live question-answer session ‘Dillikibaat, Dilkesaath’ was joined by about 8000 viewers who posed over 2000 questions to Maken who replied 220 queries before moving to a video interaction with the audience. “It is important to reach out to the audience through multiple social media platforms in order to expose the massive misgovernance of AAP and BJP in Delhi,” Maken said. He stressed that unless the MCDs are made financially self-reliant and enabled to generate their own funds, they cannot meet the expectations of the people “Delhi is the dirtiest city in India- thanks to misgovernance and corruption in MCD. Unprecedented 407 people died in 2015 because of Dengue and more than 300 during 2016,” he said in a reply to another question. The Facebook event revolved around the fiscal roadmap that was recently released by the Congress, said a statement released by the party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AAP accused BJP-led municipal corporations of “playing with lives of people in Delhi for political gains” after a CAG report rapped the civic bodies for failing to mount an effective response to dengue despite having adequate funds.The party said the CAG has validated its claim the BJP has turned MCD into “Malaria-Chikunguniya-Dengue”.Delhi Convener Dilip Pandey said, “For political gain and self interest, BJP leaders played with lives of the people of Delhi.””The twisted politics of the BJP which is motivated only by self interest has resulted in the MCDs buying incorrect chemicals and fogging the city, siphoning funds through setting up of various unnecessary teams.”The BJP has played with the health of citizens of Delhi to meet its sinister political ends.”The CAG has rapped the BJP-ruled civic bodies in the national capital saying it failed to come up with effective response to dengue despite having adequate funds.The CAG’s performance audit report tabled in the Delhi Assembly today said the municipal bodies spent Rs 109.43 crore between 2013-15 on domestic breeding-checkers without any supervision of the work done or any assessment.