Report dengue cases, health dept tells private hospitals, labs
The health department announced that a state-level death analysis committee will be set up to study all deaths suspected to be caused by swine flu, dengue and chikungunyamumbai Updated: Nov 09, 2016 23:50 IST
The state health department mandated that private hospitals and pathology laboratories report their dengue treatment regime to the concerned municipal corporation on November 9.
The move comes after HT reported on October 15 that private hospitals were not reporting cases of dengue regularly to the civic body.
The decision was announced by Dr Deepak Sawant, state health minister after internal review meeting of seasonal diseases.
The health department announced that a state-level death analysis committee will be set up to study all deaths suspected to be caused by swine flu, dengue and chikungunya.
Officials said dengue prevalence was 31% in rural areas and 69% in urban areas this year.
The state reported about 5,653 cases of dengue.
Mumbai reported the highest number of cases at 941, followed by Nashik (775), and Pimpri-Chinchwad (596).
“A lot of suspected cases undergo tests at pathology laboratories and are treated at private hospitals. Hence, we have made it mandatory for both to report the number of cases and the patterns in them. We will soon formally inform all the municipal commissioners,” said Sawant.
Sawant added that the state will continue with its swine flu vaccine program and ensure that pathology laboratories do not charge the patients exorbitant amounts.
“We will ensure that pathology laboratories charge according to the recent state government price restrictions,” added Sawant.