Tamil Nadu is among the top five States which have recorded the highest number of dengue cases across the country so far this year. It accounted for at least five per cent of the cases recorded across the country.
Karnataka had the highest incidence with 23 per cent while Telangana accounted for 15 per cent of the total cases. Maharashtra and Uttarakhand witnessed 12 per cent and 11 per cent respectively. Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala also reported at least 5 per cent of the total cases in the country.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Health Secretary Beela Rajesh inspected the Communicable Diseases Hospital in Tondiarpet and interacted with the patients at the hospital. She assured that the State has adequate number of doctors and medications to manage the dengue cases.
“There have been three deaths due to dengue in the State, one each in Tiruvallur, Chennai and Tirupur. There are about 3,000 cases reported in Tamil Nadu. Chennai has the highest number of cases of dengue cases with about 100 people undergoing treatment. Majority of the cases were from North Chennai,” said the official.
When asked about the shortage of beds in government hospitals due to large number of fever cases, she said she did not come across such a situation during inspections. “If there is any such issue, the beds will be increased and all the facilities. There is adequate fund for arranging all the facilities for the dengue patients. The funds are being allotted by the department based on the requirement,” said Beela Rajesh.