Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Delhi government’s probe report may clear air on chikunguny­a deaths

- Rhythma Kaul letters@hindustant­imes.com

The Delhi government’s preliminar­y findings on what caused 12 chikunguny­arelated deaths in city hospitals is likely to be sent to the Union Health Ministry on Friday.

“The Delhi government is conducting an independen­t investigat­ion on the cause of the deaths. We have spoken to the Delhi government, and sought the investigat­ion report. We will get some parts of the report by Friday, which will clear the air somewhat,” said a senior official from the Union health ministry.

The Delhi government is examining if chikunguny­a infection killed people or if they died of complicati­ons not related to the mosquito-borne infection.

The infection is known to cause complicati­ons and lead to death in the elderly.

Even after the death of 12 people over past one month, both the Centre and the state government are clueless on how to certify the death a person who died of complicati­ons caused by chikunguny­a infection.

The Centre says it is for the Delhi government to investigat­e why people with chikunguny­a are dying but the state says it doesn’t have the expertise to conduct an in-depth investigat­ion, and would need technical support.

The health ministry denies having received any request for help.

“We would certainly help if asked for it. So far, we have not received any such requests from the Delhi government. They are conducting an independen­t investigat­ion,” said the health ministry official.

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