With July to be observed as an anti-dengue month in Haryana, the Gurgaon Civil Hospital will get a blood component separation system to deal with dengue cases.
"We will buy the equipment in July. It will be installed in Panchkula and Gurgaon," said Dr BK Rajora, civil surgeon, Gurgaon district.
The system is used to separate a particular component from other components in the blood. The decision to procure the system was taken during a meeting of the health department officials in Chandigarh on Wednesday. The district, ever year, witnesses a spurt in the number of dengue cases around monsoon.
Five people will be required to man the system. "People will be recruited in July. We need five people comprising three technicians, a pathologist and a supervisor," added Rajora, who will supervise the service.
Earlier, the hospital used to refer dengue patients with low platelet count to other hospitals. However, with the installation of the high-end equipment, they won’t have to refer all the patients. According to doctors, the demand for platelets goes up to nearly 20 units a day.
Each of these units range between R10,000 and R15,000. With new system in place, patients can avail one platelet unit at a cost nearly 20% less than the market price.
A dengue patient’s platelet count can drop even during the initial stages of the fever. "There is no symptom indicating low platelet count, but the patient develops rashes on body. This is the only indication and person has to be kept under observation," said Dr Sangeeta Pathak, head of the blood bank, Max Healthcare.
Doctors have attributed rising demand for platelets to the myth that dengue can be cured through platelet transfusion. "Family members of the patients pressurise doctors for transfusion. In most cases, doctors give up and agree to the family members. Even if there is no need, transfusion is done as treatment is very difficult," added Pathak.