New Delhi: A day after Delhi’s Health Minister, Satyendar Jain announced that Chikungunya cannot cause death, in a u-turn on Friday the Delhi government notified Chikungunya as a ‘deadly’ disease.
While addressing media on Thursday the Delhi Health Minister had refused to accept the cause of the recent deaths in the capital being related to the vector-borne disease, chikungunya. On being questioned he had asked a reporter to look up Google to check for the details of the disease.
He even added that Delhiites should not panic and instead should go and visit the hospital in case if they experienced symptoms of chikungunya. But his statement on the vector-borne disease turned bizarre when he said that the chikungunya could not be the cause of deaths since Google said that it could not cause deaths.
“People of Delhi have no need to panic. The state government is ready to provide help at all cost. But one should get admitted only if the doctor advises them to do so and not because they are scared,” he said.
Apparently having done some research on the internet, the AAP minister Satyendar Jain said, “Chikungunya deaths are not happening across the world. Why is it only in a select few Delhi hospitals? And upon enquiry, I have discovered that most of the deaths are of people who were aged and already sick with other ailments.”
Chikungunya has already claimed more than a dozen lives in the National Capital.
First Published | 16 September 2016 5:04 PM