Doctor’s fever prescription: Don’t panic, take precautions

‘People should avoid self-medication and take only paracetamol if they have fever’

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published:September 21, 2016 4:36 am
chandigarh, chandigarh dengue, dengue, dengue cases, dengue chandigarh, dengue cases chandigarh, chandigarh news Patients outside the emergency ward at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. (Express Photo by Sahil Walia)

With the increase in dengue cases creating panic, doctors on Tuesday said residents shouldn’t panic and instead take precautions to stop the further spread of dengue in the city.

On Tuesday, the city recorded 19 fresh dengue cases, taking the total number to 168. There have been six chikungunya and 92 malaria cases in the city so far.

“There is no need to panic. If anyone feels there are signs of dengue or chikungunya, they should visit the hospital,” said Dr P V M Lakshmi, Additional Professor, Department of Community Medicine, PGI. “People should avoid self-medication and take only paracetamol if they have fever.”

Not all fever cases, she said, are dengue or chikungunya. “If someone is suffering from fever only, there is no need to go to hospital because it creates a burden,” said Dr Lakshmi.

The Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 has already put planned surgeries on hold in view of the hospital recording a large number of fever patients. The hospital authorities, which started a fever clinic at the hospital from Tuesday morning, recorded more than 400 patients with fever at the clicnic.

GMSH doctors said that there was “panic” among patients visiting the hospital. “People with normal fever are also visiting the hospital. The dengue cases are less but panic among public is more. As a result, we are witnessing a rush,” said a doctor posted in the GMSH emergency. “We witness the similar kind of situation every year. But people are more scared of dengue this year.”

According to the doctors, city residents should keep their environment clean. “Everyone has to play a role. People shouldn’t let water stagnate near their houses,” said Dr Lakshmi.

“If anyone has symptoms of dengue, then only there is a need to visit the hospital. Doctors at the hospitals will look for the warning signs and will treat the patients,” said Subhash Varma, head of internal medicine, PGI.

Dr G Dewan, Deputy Medical Superintendent, GMSH-16, said, “The hospital has all the facilities to deal with the situation. Public is advised not to panic and take precautions,” he said.

Take necessary steps: Badnore to MC, UT

Taking serious note of a rise in the number of dengue cases in the city, UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore has directed the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation and UT health department to take necessary steps.

Badnore, who held a review meeting at UT Secretariat on Tuesday, issued directions for carrying mopping operations as well as fumigation, especially in areas where more cases of these diseases have been detected.

Director (health services) Dr Vanita Gupta discussed in detail the recent cases of dengue and chikungunya in the city.

Badnore also reviewed the current status of solar project and vintage car rally which is part of the celebrations of the World Tourism Week scheduled to be held from September 22 to 27.