Delhi's Health Minister, Satyendra Jain, relies on Dr Google, it appears. He reiterated on Thursday that chikungunya cannot cause deaths because Google told him so.
Speaking to media, Jain said that Delhiites need not panic and that all they needed to do is to take precautions and go to the hospital only if they experience symptoms of the vector-borne disease.
"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.
Talking about the recent casualties, Jain stated that four of the five deaths had been reported from the same hospital, which made the situation quite suspicious.
"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,” the minister said.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda said that no complaints of shortage of medicine or doctors and testing facilities have been reported, adding that the Centre is fully prepared to tackle the crisis.
Nadda said the Centre has held a review meeting about the situation in Delhi and found out that there is an increase in cases of chikungunya in Delhi, whereas the hike in cases of dengue have been reported from West Bengal, Odisha and Karnataka.
Meanwhile, some people in West Bengal have tested positive for malaria as well.
"We today held a review meeting in regard with the upsurge of vector borne diseases. In Delhi, an increase in cases of chikungunya has been reported, and meanwhile, large number of cases of fever has been reported. In West Bengal, Odisha and Karnataka, cases of dengue have been reported. In West Bengal, cases of malaria have been reported", Nadda said.
Nadda also urged the people not to panic and help in pacifying the current upsurge of vector borne diseases.