The surge in dengue cases in this border town has exposed the poor facilities in the majority of hospitals here to treat patients of this disease.
More than 300 people have been recorded to be suffering from this disease. One 43-year-old Shakuntala Devi, a native of Basti Tankan Wali, reportedly suffering from dengue, died on Saturday.
The lack of concern of the state government for the inhabitants could be judged from the fact that while the facility for transfusion of plasma-rich platelets is supposed to available in all government-run hospitals, but only six hospitals and two medical colleges here are equipped to segregate the single-donor platelets, revealed a medical expert pleading anonymity.
Though state medical authorities have announced free treatment for dengue patients at civil hospitals, but in the wake of platelet transfusion facilities not being available, patients have no option but to shell out Rs 40,000-Rs 50,000 for treatment at private hospitals, revealed sources.
The use of non-recommended dengue kits by private hospitals is itself a matter of concern, as experts fear that the results would not be exact once samples are taken through “non-recommended” kits.
While fumigation and fogging is being carried out by the public health authorities at various places in the vicinity, the larvicidal activities are not being undertaken everywhere.
“As many as 23 patients were found positive for dengue on Friday, 17 on Saturday and 8 on Sunday,” said Pardeep Chawla, civil surgeon, Ferozepur.
“We are aware of the situation and the number of beds in the dengue ward at the civil hospital has been increased and awareness campaigns in schools and public places were launched well in time a few months ago,” added Chawla.
“However, the situation will improve with further dip in mercury as dengue mosquito is active in the 16 to 32 degree temperature. But people should also take the required precautions,” said Chawla.