Only govt hospitals can confirm dengue: Haryana health minister

  • Megha Laroia, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2015 17:05 IST
Health minister Anil Vij directed the Gurgaon civil surgeon to keep a tab on the medical reports of dengue patients treated at private hospitals in the city. (HT photo)

Haryana health minister Anil Vij on Tuesday said private hospitals did not have the authority to declare a patient as suffering from dengue till the person’s blood sample was tested positive by a government-run hospital. He said the government would soon issue a notification in this regard.

“A few private hospitals were found to be confirming cases of dengue based on reports from their own lab tests. There have been reports that a few private hospitals are involved in spreading a dengue scare to earn some extra bucks from patients suffering from viral fever as platelets treatment costs at least Rs 70,000 per patient at a private hospital,” Vij said.

The minister said the government would soon issue a notification following which no private hospital would be allowed declare a person suffering from dengue till it is confirmed by a government hospital.

He also directed the Gurgaon civil surgeon to follow the medical reports of dengue patients being treated at private hospitals and check if patients have recovered well, if not, where such patients were referred.

Civil Surgeon Pushpa Bishnoi said 780 samples were taken for tests in civil hospital, Gurgaon, of which 228 reported positive and 38 patients are being treated at the civil hospital.

“In private hospitals, more than 200 dengue patients are being treated for dengue. Over 2,000 suspected dengue patients are being treated in various private hospitals here,” Bishnoi said.

He also directed the Huda and MCG officials to keep a check on cleanliness. On being asked about the shortage of staff in the government hospitals, the minister said 781 doctors have been selected, of which 389 have already been given their appointment letter and have been asked to join on an urgent basis.

Deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash said around 17 lakh messages have been sent to people to make them aware about dengue.

Vij also conducted a surprise visit to the civil hospital to take stock of its preparedness to counter dengue in the district. While visiting the hospital, the minister was approached by patients who complained of rude behaviour by the hospital staff, including doctors and nurses. Hearing this, Vij asked for the hospital’s doctors to take proper care of the patients.

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