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There is panic all over the Indian capital since reports claimed existence of NDM1, an anti-biotic resistant superbug. The issue is creating a scare in New Delhi, and scientists and health officials are biting their nails. Though no sure shot relevance and roadmap has been laid yet to combat or at least identify the superbug properly, the Government of Delhi on Friday officially accepted that the rumors regarding spate of superbug is true, and various leading hospitals in the city have confirmed such cases.
However, the Delhi Government downplayed the issues over the spread of infections, claiming that the situation is still under control and is "not alarming".
In the meantime, Delhi Health Minister A K Walia, who recently led a high-voltage conference with concerned officials, revealed that low pervasiveness of NDM1, the antibiotic-resistant superbug, was identified in ICUs at Lady Hardinge Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya (CNBC) and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
"The prevalence rate of NDM1 is in the range of 0.04% to 0.08 per cent, which cannot be stated as alarming. The superbug has not been found in water and sewer lines in Delhi", revealed Walia.
As of now, all Government hospitals are taking recommended steps to limit the increase of the superbug, and are constantly rationalizing the practice of antibiotics.