Dengue cases this season cross 450; minister asks for check on mosquito breeding spots.
The Health department on Monday issued a slew of directions to control and treat the increasing dengue cases in the city. All government and private hospitals,that have blood separator machines,have been directed to work round-the-clock to ensure the supply of platelets and eight more hospitals have been added to provide diagnostic,treatment and blood collection facilities.
Health Minister Dr A K Walia on Monday said there was still high breeding in parts of city and the total number of cases was up to 450.
All government and private hospitals with platelets separator machines and blood banks have been directed to produce platelets round-the-clock,and extra manpower should be deployed to ensure the same, Walia said. He emphasised that no patient should be denied the supply of platelets or suffer due to unavailability.
The decisions were taken following a review meeting on the dengue situation. The meeting was attended by Secretary (Health),Director (Health Services),Municipal Health Officers & Zonal Health Officers of the three municipal bodies,medical superintendents of major hospitals and representatives of blood banks of Red Cross and Lions Club.
Following a meeting with the Union Health Minister last week,Walia said eight hospitals across the city have been upgraded with diagnostic and treatment facilities.
At present,33 hospitals have been designated by the Central and state governments as sentinel surveillance centre for dengue and other vector-borne diseases. With the addition of eight centres,the number will go up to 41, Walia said.
The agencies concerned were also directed to focus on anti-mosquito breeding measures,specifically in the area near railway tracks,jhuggi-jhopri clusters and pockets where construction was underway.
Officials of the Irrigation & Flood Control department have been ordered to remove hyacinth from water bodies on a regular basis.