As many as 116 new suspected cases of dengue were reported from two hospitals in Noida. The cases were reported from the district hospital in Sector 30 and ESIC Hospital in Sector 24.
Of the 242 samples collected at ESIC Hospital, 101 tested positive when examined with the rapid diagnostics kit, while 15 samples showed positive in the NS1 test conducted at the district hospital.
A total of 108 samples were taken by the pathological laboratory of the district hospital for the NS1 test.
The total number of confirmed cases has reached 159 in the Gautam Budh Nagar district and there are over 1,300 suspected cases. Four dengue deaths have been reported so far.
With the district in the grip of a severe dengue outbreak, all private and government hospitals are flooded with suspected and confirmed dengue patients. On Wednesday, 152 suspected cases were reported at the ESIC and district hospitals.
A suspected dengue death was reported from the district hospital on Wednesday morning. The victim, 17-year-old boy named Mithilesh Sahu, had tested positive in the NS1 test.
Meanwhile, 10 more beds have been placed at the district hospital on Thursday, taking the total number of additional beds at the facility to 50.
“Four doctors have been sent by the chief medical officer to the district hospital since there was a shortage of doctors in the district hospital,” said Dr HM Lavania, pathologist, district hospital.
To support the staff of the district hospital, 39 paramedical volunteers from Prakash Hospital in Sector 33 also joined work at the facility on Thursday. “We have inspected 12 major hospitals in and around Noida. It was found that most of the hospitals were carrying out dengue tests through rapid kits, which does not confirm the infection,” said Phool Singh, district malaria officer, Gautam Budh Nagar.
The worst-hit areas in Noida are Sector 31, Sector 49, Sector 30, Sector 45, Sector 58, Mamura, Gijhod and Khora. The areas have reported scores of dengue cases this season.