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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Health officials deny pvt hospital’s claim, say no dengue cases yet

Nihi Sharma Sahani, Hindustan Times  Dehradun, August 22, 2014
First Published: 15:20 IST(22/8/2014) | Last Updated: 15:32 IST(22/8/2014)

The district health authorities have rubbished the private hospital’s claim of seven dengue cases, contending that it didn’t confirm the cases with the prescribed ELISA test.

The samples will be procured from the hospital for ELISA test to test the veracity of the hospital’s claim. The ELISA test facility is only available with Doon district hospital and Himalayan Hospital.

But, they haven’t reported  any dengue cases now, said district incharge of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP), Jagdish Bahuguna. Shri Mahant Indresh Hospital, a private hospital situated in Patel Nagar, however, had reported seven dengue cases in last one week. Out of seven cases, two patients belonged to the capital, three to Saharanpur and one each to Roorkee and Haridwar.

The hospital has already made an isolated ward for dengue patients and has also confirmed availability of blood platelets for the patients. Chief medical officer (CMO) Dehradun district, BS Jangpangi said, “The hospital has conducted rapid response test on blood samples of dengue patients. This test isn’t confirmatory as the results could be vague. ELISA is the primary test for detecting dengue.”

At Shri Mahant Indresh hospital, blood samples of dengue patients are tested with the help of Immunochromatography assays. This, according to hospital experts, is equivalent to ELISA test to detect presence of dengue in blood samples. “Immunochromatography or IC is equally viable test like ELISA. We have been doing it since years. Unlike ELISA test which takes at least a day to detect presence of dengue in blood samples, Immunochromatography test takes only one hours to ascertain whether the patient is ailing with dengue or not,” head of department microbiology at Mahant Indresh Hopsiptal, Dr BS Mahawal said.

He said that SB Bioline, a government of India approved company provides Immunochromatography ssays test kits. Also known as lateral flow test, it is the cheaper way of confirming dengue unlike ELISA. Officials from Integrated Disease and Surveillance Project (IDSP) have already contacted Mahant Indresh Hospital authorities for serum samples of the patients the hospital claimed tested positive.

The serum samples will be tested at Doon District Hospital with the help of ELISA test. IDSP officials through this, will prepare a database of affected patients. Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) state incharge Dr Kiran Bisht told HT, “We will first confirm the samples with the help of ELISA test. It’s on the basis of this test that we will confirm them dengue patients.”


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