City hospitals have left no stone unturned to equip themselves to deal with dengue cases this monsoon. As the first case of dengue was reported from Koomkalan in the district on Friday, officials of the health department claimed that the situation was under control.
Around 40 dengue cases had been reported till the middle of July last year as compared to one case this July.
As per information collected from the health department, more than 400 dengue cases and two deaths were reported from city hospitals last year. Of the 400 patients, 209 patients belonged to Ludhiana.
Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said, “All the arrangements have been made to tackle dengue cases. However, we are creating awareness among residents. Residents have been advised to follow the precautions.”
Batta added that if any case of dengue were reported they would conduct fogging in and around the patient's home. The situation is presently under control, he added.
Larvae of aedes mosquitoes
The health department has recently found larvae of the Aedes mosquito that cause dengue from various places including Prem Nagar, Bihari Colony, Sherpur and other areas. The larvae were destroyed by the team by spraying insecticide.
According to experts, Aedes mosquitoe breeds in clean stagnant water therefore all possible mosquito breeding sources and sites should be detected and eliminated.
However, tyres lying on rooftops or discarded outside tyre shops across the city are an open invitation to such breeding grounds. Despite warnings, tyres have not been removed. On this issue, Batta said that they will write to the municipal corporation once again to take strict action against defaulters.
Arrangements in various hospitals
Dr RK Karkra, senior medical officer at the civil hospital in Ludhiana, said, “We are done with the required arrangements. In dengue cases, platelets could be needed for patients. We have both machines including single donor platelets (SDP) and random donor platelets (RDP), which are functioning properly.”
The cost of one unit of RDP at civil hospital is Rs 100 while it costs around Rs 1,200 in private hospitals. The cost of SDP per unit is more than Rs 13,000 in some private hospitals but it costs around Rs 7,000 including the kit at the civil hospital.
All major hospitals including Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Christian Medical College and Hospital and SPS Apollo Hospitals, have also made the required arrangements to tackle dengue.
When contacted, medical superintendent at CMCH Dr Kanwal Masih, said that the hospital was capable to deal with any situation as they have made all required arrangements.
Awareness in schools
District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, “We are creating awareness among residents about the disease. We have issued instructions to district education officers (primary and secondary) that they advise the students to wear full sleeves uniform. The students are being informed about the precautions.”
Dr Verma said that several medicines will be provided free of cost to dengue patients at civil hospital Ludhiana.
Fogging across the city
Meanwhile, residents demanded from the municipal corporation to ensure regular fogging. Rattandeep Singh of Civil Lines said that fogging should be conducted at least twice a week in all areas of city as it is not being conducted regularly.
However, MC health officer Dr Vipal Malhotra claimed that fogging is conducted as per schedule adding that the claims of residents are baseless. He said that they maintain the record of fogging in various areas.
How to prevent yourself from dengue?
Clean coolers once a week and keep them dry for a day
Do not keep any containers such as flowerpots, broken items, tyres, etc. on rooftops to avoid collection of water
All possible mosquito breeding sources and sites should be detected and eliminated
Wear full-sleeved clothes and body should be covered
Spray insecticides in and around the house
Do not close the doors and windows when teams of outdoor fogging visit the area
In case of fever always report to the health dispensary at the earliest and seek medical advice
Do not use Ibrufen/ Asprin in case of fever, use paracetamol