Dengue scare: Uttarakhand health dept plans blood donation camps

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2015 17:55 IST

Uttarakhand principal secretary of health Om Prakash asked chief medical officers on Monday to organise voluntary blood donation camps in each of the 13 districts that would help in securing regular supply of blood platelets to affected patients.

The normal range of platelet count in human blood is between 1.5 lakh and four lakh.

But dengue fever is accompanied by a decrease in platelet count and hence platelet transfusion becomes essential in the treatment of dengue if a patient’s count drops to 10,000. This is because the shortage of blood platelets leads to blood losing its ability to clot or coagulate and excessive bleeding can turn fatal.

The camp will help raise blood platelets, an important element of the blood that helps in clotting and prevents bleeding (thereby being essential to the treatment of dengue patients), officials said.

Prakash asked the officials to arrange 20-30 additional beds at major government hospitals in the state to also tackle other diseases like viral, typhoid and asked the officers to take necessary precautions.

He also directed officials to begin cleanliness drive in association with other departments like irrigation, PWD and others.

At Dehradun and Haridwar, he asked the urban local body do conduct indoor fogging in identified areas to curb growth of mosquito larvae that causes deadly disease-dengue.

In Dehradun, where at least 94 people had been tested positive for dengue till last week, the civic body is planning to hold a blood donation camp on its premises to tackle the growing dengue scare in the state capital.

“More blood donation would mean more platelets and will thus help in meeting the rising demand (of platelets). We are trying to hold the camp as early as possible this week in association with the IMA Blood Bank,” municipal commissioner Nitin Singh Bhadauria told HT.

Besides, the civic body will also undertake Information Education Communication activities to spread awareness about various precautions and dos and don’ts related to dengue.

“The aim would be to help people distinguish between dengue fever and viral fever which is also quite common these days,” he said.

On Saturday, a delegation of Congress corporators met senior municipal health officer Kailash Gunjyal to demand effective fogging and other anti-larval measures in all parts of the city.

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