EVEN AS the State Government fights shy of officially confirming dengue in the State despite two deaths, a private City hospital confirmed a case on Saturday.
A woman patient, who is in critical condition, is undergoing treatment at the, National Hospital, in the City for developing complications, including the symptoms of dengue.
Preventive, curative and awareness measures have been launched in the State in full swing to curb the disease, Health Commissioner Rajesh Rajora told the Hindustan Times.
A blood sample of 35-year-old Bulbul Biswas, sent to a private laboratory in New Delhi by the private hospital management, tested positive for dengue virus, hospital director Dr P K Pande told this paper. The critical patient, a resident of Seoni Malwa (Hoshangabad district), also tested positive for falciparum malaria and developed other complications like uncontrolled diabetes and kidney failure and is presently on life support system.
Also, two more suspected dengue cases were reported at the Chirayu Hospital on Saturday. Hospital Director Dr Ajay Goenka said Chief Medical Officer of Bhopal Dr VS Ohri was informed about the patients and the authorities collected blood samples for confirmation. The reports are expected on Sunday.
However, at least eight other samples from suspected patients — six at Hamidia Hospital and two from the National Hospital tested negative on Saturday. The samples from Hamidia patients were tested at the hospital and the National Hospital samples were tested in New Delhi.
The Health Commissioner told this paper that unless the samples from the patients, who recently died or are suspected of having dengue, test positive in an authorised and accredited laboratory like the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), New Delhi, or the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, presence of dengue could not be officially confirmed in the State. He said samples have been sent to the authorised labs and results are awaited.
This has not stopped the department from launching full-fledged curative, preventive and awareness activities for containment of possible dengue, he added.
Rajora also said he has been in touch with the directors of the private hospitals where suspected dengue deaths have been reported and the clinical and other symptoms do seem to suggest the disease. However, nothing could be said unless confirmed from authorised laboratory.
The Health Commissioner said composite activities were initiated. Platelets separation facilities have been geared up at all medical colleges of the State and surveillance has been stepped up. Similarly, villages are being identified for intensified anti-larval activities.
The district collectors, following alert from the Health Department, chalked out work plans for prevention of the disease. Fogging operations are also being carried out in full swing.
He stressed on quarantine system to curb the spread of the disease from one state to another through people in transit. The disease triggered scare among people and citizens with any similar symptoms – like fever or joint pain also caused by common viral infection – are reporting in large numbers at the private and government hospitals.
Hamidia Hospital Superintendent Dr VK Pandeya said all such patients are being personally scrutinised by Medicine Department HoD Dr V K Sharma. Whenever needed, Dengue Rapid Test is being conducted to rule out the infection. He reiterated that the not a single positive case of dengue was reported at the hospital.