Lucknow: After the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court took a serious view about the rising cases of dengue in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a meeting with the officials of the health department. He directed the nodal officers to go to fields and ensure that the proper steps were taken to arrest the spread of the disease.
The court asked Lucknow Municipal Corporation, additional chief secretary (health) and the chief medical officer to inform it about the steps taken by the authorities to curb dengue, chikungunya and viral fever. The court issued the directive on a public interest litigation (PIL) on Friday.
During the meeting on Saturday, the chief minister directed the health officials to step up surveillance in the affected areas and to launch special drives on cleanliness, fogging and anti-larva spray.
He also told the officials to ensure that doctors and medicines are available for 24 hours. The patients should get proper care, the chief minister said.
On October 26, Yogi Adityanath advised the officials to take extra precautions for the rise in dengue cases and to set up isolation wards in each district hospital across the state.
Immediately after the untimely rainfall that flooded many areas in the state, the number of people suffering from dengue and viral fever shot up. According to unconfirmed reports, nearly 40 people have died of the disease in Prayagraj district, but the government has yet to release any data about it.