The number dengue fever cases in Punjab has crossed 2,200, with a large number of these reported over the past few days.
The state health department has recorded 2,204 cases. Of the deaths, two are confirmed and four were under review until Tuesday. Bathinda is the worst-affected district with 581 cases, followed by Ludhiana (341) and Patiala (245). The health department is reported to have written to all deputy commissioners to ensure that every suspected case brought to even private hospitals was reported to it for identification, remedy, and preventive measures.
Health experts say the way dengue fever cases are being reported this year, the figure is likely to break all records. Last year, just 472 cases of dengue fever were reported. The maximum cases in the past one decade, 4,349, were reported in 2008. Taking exception to the reports that the government hospitals lacked infrastructure to deal with dengue fever and patients were being referred outside for clinical examination, Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani told doctors that laxity wouldn't be tolerated. He said the state government was providing dengue-fever patients with free investigation and treatment.
"For the monitoring of patients from diagnosis to discharge, the stage government had roped in non-government organisations (NGOs). We will send decoy patients to hospitals and they'll report directly to me," he said.