Dengue hurts doctors, paramedics in Haryana; leaves cancelled

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 16, 2015 23:15 IST

The spread of dengue fever in Haryana forced state health minister Anil Vij on Wednesday to issue orders to cancel the leaves of absence granted to doctors and paramedical workers.

The doctors at all private hospitals had orders to give the government full details of any patient reporting to them with symptoms of dengue fever, said Vij, adding that schoolchildren were being educated through different mediums about the prevention of the disease.

In a videoconference with the civil surgeons, principal secretary (health) RR Jowel also told them to control dengue fever and malaria.

Vij said separate wards had been set up in hospitals for the patients fighting dengue fever, and additional doctors had been put on duty.

"Besides, an intense fogging operation is on in all towns," he added. So far, 542 cases of dengue fever have been reported in the state, besides 3,437 cases of malaria, 25 % less than the figure last year. During the corresponding period last year, 4,235 cases of malaria were reported.

Rapid response teams have been formed in all districts, including Mewat, to keep a check on both vector-borne diseases.

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