Dengue danger looms large

With dengue fever bordering on an outbreak situation in various pockets of the city,the UT health authorities have been caught napping for not having taken adequate preventive measures before the onset of the dengue season.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 16, 2012 2:00 am

With dengue fever bordering on an outbreak situation in various pockets of the city,the UT health authorities have been caught napping for not having taken adequate preventive measures before the onset of the dengue season.

At present,there are a total of 196 cases of dengue in the city,out of which 129 patients are from the city and its periphery as per the figures revealed by UT vector-borne diseases wing. Besides,there are approximately 150 cases of dengue fever which are admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital,Sector 32. A suspected dengue death also occurred at GMCH-32,wherein a 9-year-old boy,Salman Khan,died at the hospital. But the officials did not confirm it as a dengue death.

While the officials are claiming that one of the most effective preventive measures against the spread of the fever,fogging,cannot be done in the entire city due to the Supreme Court orders,only need-based fogging is done in specific areas after taking permission.

On Monday,at the GMCH-32 alone,300 units of platelets were transfused into the patients admitted there. However,the GMSH-16,in the absence of a blood separating unit,is managing the platelets from the PGIMER,GMCH-32 and then the platelets are being transfused into the patients admitted there.

“We have added 10 beds and 10 trolleys in the expanded emergency wing for the convenience of the patients. Blood tests are being done round the clock for the fever patients. Also,instead of only one Emergency Medical Officer (EMO) on duty,we have put an additional EMO on duty to deal with the current situation. Only after stablising the fever patients,we are sending them to the wards,” said Dr Rajiv Vadehra,officiating director health services- cum-medical superintendent,GMSH-16.

The GMSH-16 authorities are also planning to buy the Aliza Reader,the machine that confirms dengue,for the convenience of the patients so that they do not have to go to other hospitals or private labs for testing.

Sources say that while there is no shortage of platelets as of now at the PGIMER blood bank,but just to ensure uninterrupted supply of platelets to patients,the PGI authorities are collecting blood units from its regular registered donors on a daily basis.

The two government hospitals in the city,the Government Medical College and Hospital,Sector 32,and the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital,Sector 16,are full of patients suffering from viral fever and many of these cases are translating into the dengue fever.

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