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Platelets in hospitals to fight dengue fever

india Updated: Oct 15, 2006 14:37 IST

STATE GOVERNMENT has made blood platelets available in government medical colleges and hospitals across the state, excepting for Rewa as part of its efforts to counter the dengue menace.

Health minister Ajay Vishnoi told a news conference on Saturday that the step has been taken as deaths in the disease occur mainly due to shortage of platelets in the blood.

He also said that the situation arising out of the chikungunya fever was well under control, including in Indore, Sagar and Bhopal.

Though 52 of the 762 samples have tested positive, not a single person has died in the disease so far, he asserted. Vishnoi said that ten kits for testing chikungunya have been made available in the State for carrying out rapid tests. The kits were acquired from a laboratory in Pune and 200 tests can be done from a single kit, he said.

Vishnoi disclosed that two nursing schools, one each in Jabalpur and Ujjain would be upgraded to colleges soon. On appointment of contract doctors, he said 350 doctors have been selected through campus interview and the government is considering regularising the services of contract doctors who have completed 3 years.