Twenty more patients tested positive for dengue at the district hospital in Noida’s Sector 30 on Tuesday. With the fresh cases, the total number of confirmed dengue cases has reached 159 in Gautam Budh Nagar district.
“First, the suspected cases are tested by using a rapid test kit. The samples that show positive results are tested on the Elisa kit for confirmation. Of a total of 1,176 samples received by us, 159 have tested positive in the Elisa test so far,” said H M Lavania, pathologist at the district hospital in Noida.
In the past two days, 173 out of 275 patients have tested positive for dengue after their blood samples were tested by rapid test kit at ESIC Hospital in Sector 24, Noida.
As per the health department, a person is said to be suffering from dengue only after his or her sample gives a positive result in the Elisa test. The dengue death toll in the district has reached four, with the recent death of a 70-year-old woman at private hospital in Noida. Over 1,000 people are suspected to have been suffering from the infection.
In the past five days, a team of special committee headed by additional chief medical officer Rajendra Kumar has made surprise visits to JS Hospital in Sector 132; Neo Hospital in Sector 50; Yatharth Wellness Hospital in Sector 110; Kailash Hospital in Sector 27; Apollo Hospital in Sector 26; Metro Hospital in Sector 11, Bharadwaj Nursing Home in Sector 29; Fortis Hospital in Sector 62 and Max Hospital in Sector 19.
“We are appealing to hospitals to rely only on Elisa tests. During the visits, an elaborate questionnaire is filled by the team for patients. The questionnaire seeks information like patients’ platelet count, type of tests conducted by the hospital to confirm dengue, symptoms of the disease, age, gender and address. The aim of our visits is to ensure that hospitals do not reach an incorrect diagnosis,” said Phool Singh, district malaria officer.
The worst-hit areas in the city include Sector 31, Sector 49, Sector 30, Sector 45, Sector 58, Mamura, Gijhod, Khora etc. The areas have reported scores of dengue cases this season.