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Dengue on rise,647 cases recorded

Uttar Pradesh is under the grip of dengue,with 647 positive cases reported till date.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: September 28, 2013 5:52:52 am

Uttar Pradesh is under the grip of dengue,with 647 positive cases reported till date. According to the heath department,Lucknow is the worst affected district with 213 positive cases and two deaths.

After Lucknow,Kanpur has 139 dengue cases,followed by Bareilly with 74 cases. Apart from two deaths in Lucknow,two have been reported in Basti and Sitapur.

“Testing kits have been provided in 23 earmarked labs. They have enough testing kits to diagnose patients who test positive and need treatment,” said Dr DK Srivastava,Director General of Health.

Ten beds have been kept aside in district hospitals,and health minister Ahmed Hasan has instructed all district hospitals to allocate 10 more beds.

The government had also ordered for purchase of equipment needed for platelet segregation at district hospitals.

Health officials maintain that private nursing homes and hospitals are declaring cases of viral as dengue and administering platelets to patients when it is not required.

“Platelet counts fall in viral fever,not just in dengue,” said Dr Srivastava,adding falling platelet count does not mean patients need to be administered platelets. “Only when the platelet counts fall below 20,000 does a patient needs platelets,” Srivastava said.

Of the 647 dengue cases,more than 600 have been treated successfully. Health minister said patients living below poverty line will be given free treatment in government hospitals.

While health officials maintain they are in wait and watch mode,Srivastava said the spread will be controlled after temperature comes down in winter.

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