New Delhi: The Delhi government on Tuesday decided to ban the sale of all blood-thinning pills like aspirin and brufen without prescription in the national capital.
"In the cabinet meeting today (Tuesday), the government decided to ban the sale of all blood-thinning medicines like aspirin, brufen from today (Tuesday) itself," Health Minister Satyendra Jain said.
He said the decision was taken to control the use of such pills in the wake of rising dengue cases in the capital.
According to senior officials, during this season cases of Dengue are on the rise and drugs like Aspirin and Ibuprofen further cause destruction of platelets in human blood. These drugs may add to the haemorrhage symptoms and can cause death in dengue patients, official said. Health department will take action against any retail chemist found flouting this advice.
Health department has also directed all hospitals in the city to procure NS1 Antigen detection kits and also arrange for adequate number of beds during the peak dengue season. In a bid to spread awareness, schoolchildren will be told about the life cycle of the Aedes mosquito, which transmits dengue, and be engaged in dengue-control activities.