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Ramadoss Blames State Governments for High Dengue Toll

Claiming not to shirk his responsibilities, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has blamed the state governments for the spread of dengue//, which has so far taken toll of over 130 lives across the country.

In an interview with Karan Thapar for the CNN-IBN programme Devil's Advocate to be telecast Sunday, Ramadoss states, "Even though I don't want to shy away from my responsibilities, it is the state governments who have to take steps."

According to the health minister every year ministry experts go round the country to study the scenario and as per the national vector policy advise the state governments.

"They say here's a high density of mosquito growth, of vector growth, and they say you have to take steps, take decisions. We provide chemicals and larvaecides," said Ramadoss.

"We advise them, we give them all these things (and) the manpower. I don't want to shy away from the responsibility. I'm responsible (no doubt) but health is a state subject, they do the policies, they do the implementation."

In the midst of many a controversy over the last few months - whether the decision to oust All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director P. Venugopal or the reservation issue, the minister feels he is a victim of media sensationalism.

Ramadoss says that "compared to last year, this year we have much less cases of dengue and much less deaths" whilst insisting that the situation has been "hyped-up" by the media.

On AIIMS director, Ramadosss states that while "Venugopal is one of the best doctors in this country. We all respect him. But he's also one of the worst administrators in this country ... It is not as if a good doctor can become a good administrator as well."

Describing India's premier health institute as 'the All India Institute of Political Sciences', Ramadoss said today doctors were indulging in strikes and politics rather than treating patients.


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