The India Health Ministry is calling on the Delhi government to crack down on private hospitals that may be overcharging for treatment of dengue fever as the city’s case tally continues to grow.


The municipal corporation released new data saying 613 cases were reported during the past week, bringing the case count to 1,872, with more than 1,000 cases seen in the first 12 days of September alone.

The death toll is at five.

This has also prompted national health authorities to ask municipal officials to increase the bed strength and expedite this for dengue patients in the state hospitals. The bed strength for dengue patients in the Central Government’s hospitals is also being increased.

Recent reports of a child’s death and the subsequent suicide of the parents has prompted The Health & Family Welfare Ministry to request a report from the Delhi government concerning this distressing case.

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief ofOutbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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