District epidemiologist Dr Sailesh admitted that dengue cases were much higher this year. “Nearly 100 patients have tested positive, including those who were directly admitted to the DMCH Ludhiana or other higher health institutes,” he said.
Stating that very few cases were reported from rural areas, he said most of the affected patients came from slum areas of Sunder Nagar, Bhim Nagar and Aslamabad.Civil surgeon Dr Surjit Singh said the department was spreading awareness about dengue and was carrying out fogging.
“We have created dedicated facilities at hospitals to treat the dengue patients at the earliest,” he said. He asked people not to panic and advised them not to allow water stagnate in and around their houses.
Patients and their relatives are, however, facing tough time as arranging blood is a challenging task. Sources said in many private hospitals where blood component separation facility is not available, doctors were transfusing blood of the entire body instead of platelets. Medical laboratories are doing brisk business as hordes of patients are being prescribed dengue-detection test.