Lucknow grapples with mosquito-borne diseases

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Sep 16, 2015 18:03 IST

With the rise in mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, malaria and encephalitis, hospitals in the state capital were grappling with an overload of patients.

While over 100 such patients were admitted to various hospitals, five deaths were reported in Balrampur, Lohia and Civil hospitals on Tuesday. Twenty of these patients were critical, said doctors.

Hospital authorities said blood samples of the patients had been sent for confirmation of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Doctors confirmed that more than half of the wards were packed with high fever patients.

Chief medical officer SNS Yadav ordered all the government hospitals to go for screening of all the patients with high fever. The hospitals were also directed to go for establishing ‘fever clinics’ in a bid to detect the disease and ensure prompt treatment.

He said till date only 16 cases of dengue had been reported in Lucknow since January 1. Besides, two cases of Japanese Encephalitis and four cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome came to fore and one person died due to it, added the CMO.

There was no reason to panic as health authorities were keeping a watch on the outbreak of dengue or any other disease, said Yadav.

However, public health professionals said that the worst was yet to come. “The disease normally peaks in the second and third week of October, so the numbers are going to go up,” said Dr PK Gupta, a pathologist.

HT did a reality check of district hospitals and found the situation to be grim. At two hospitals, general patients were being admitted to the wards meant for dengue and malaria patients while at a few other hospitals dengue patients were not provided with mosquito nets.

A dengue ward was established at the newly constructed block on the first floor of Civil Hospital. But there was just one dengue patient in it and rest of the beds were given to general patients. Besides, 30 other patients of high fever were admitted to other wards.

At Balrampur Hospital, ward no. 2 is meant for dengue patients.

But here too other patients suffering from high fever, diarrhoea and gastro problems were admitted.

Patients complained that fogging was not carried out in many hospitals.

Due to Monday’s rain, there was accumulation of water at several places in the hospitals, which were serving as breeding centres for mosquitoes, they lamented.

Water-logging outside the Civil Hospital on Park Road was a glaring example of neglect.

Going by the World Health Organisation’s report, till now there was no vaccine for dengue despite the fact that the disease kills an estimated 20,000 people and infects up to 100 million every year, added the CMO.

A dengue awareness and cleanliness drive was launched outside SGPGIMS. Under this, drains, roads and surrounding areas, which were potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, were cleaned.

Awareness literature about dengue and malaria was also distributed and displayed.

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