October 11, 2009 3:22:22 pm
Dengue has claimed seven lives and about 247 positive cases have been reported from various parts of Madhya Pradesh as the disease shows no signs of abating. Seven persons fell victim to dengue in the last 15 days,while the number of positive cases went up to 247 during the same period,in the state,officials said.
As per the latest data,a total of 968 samples for dengue test were taken in the state,of which 247 were diagnosed positive while two reports were still awaited from Gandhi Medical College here,Dr B S Ohri,Regional Joint Director Health,Bhopal Division,said.
Bhopal,Indore and Balaghat were identified as worst affected where 179 cases were tested positive,he said. Joint Director Health,Dr Amarnath Mittal said seven dengue deaths were recorded in the state in 15 days. Of these,Balaghat recorded the maximum three deaths while Bhopal,Indore,Rajgarh and Raisen recorded one death each,he said.
Three deaths were recorded in rural areas while four took place in different city hospitals,Mittal said. The situation in Balaghat district was a matter of concern where three dengue deaths were recorded out of only 17 cases diagnosed positive from 27 samples collected,he said.
The death ratio of Balghat was much higher than Bhopal and Indore where only two deaths were recorded out of 162 positive cases,he said. Deputy Director Health,Dr Rajesh Sisodia,said in Datia district two cases of dengue were found while in Dindori and Satna,two and three cases respectively were tested positive.
Positive cases of dengue were also reported from Jabalpur,Dhar,Dewas,Vidisha,Shivpuri,Raisen,Hoshangabad,Sidhi,Gwalior and Sheopur districts,he said. Ohri said all necessary steps were being taken to control the disease and teams of doctors were monitoring the situation.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in a recently held meeting directed the departments concerned to take all possible steps to control dengue in the state,he said.
A workshop was also organised to train doctors in Government and private hospitals to effectively control the spread of dengue,he added.
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