Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda spoke to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday as the number of people infected with the Zika virus has reached 80 in Rajasthan’s Jaipur. Nadda assured the chief minister of full support by the Centre for curbing the spread of the virus in the state.
Medicines and testing kits are in ample, the health minister said, adding those will be provided to the state as and when required.
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Nadda also called for measures, including intensive fumigation, to ensure vector control in the state.
He also urged the people of the state to cooperate with the health officials for controlling the breeding of larvae.
330 teams have already been deployed in the affected wards of Jaipur's Shastri Nagar, from where maximum cases of the virus have been reported, the Ministry said, adding nearly 434,515 people have been brought under surveillance.
Houses are also being inspected by officials for the detection and control of mosquito-borne virus.
Commenting on the measures being taken to prevent the spread of the virus, the Ministry said, “86,903 houses have been surveyed. 74,483 larvae-breeding sites were detected. The health workers undertook on-the-spot source reduction and containers were treated with temiphose.”