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Dengue cases on the rise, Thirty three dengue cases in Patiala

The number of dengue cases being reported in the city has been increasing although no death has been confirmed by health officials so far. 33 cases of dengue were confirmed by the district health department till Tuesday.

punjab Updated: Sep 09, 2015 12:59 IST
HT Correspondent
The study which found that dengue and chikungunya cases were much higher than officially recorded, also found that awareness level was very low. (Shutterstock)
The study which found that dengue and chikungunya cases were much higher than officially recorded, also found that awareness level was very low. (Shutterstock)

The number of dengue cases being reported in the city has been increasing although no death has been confirmed by health officials so far. 33 cases of dengue were confirmed by the district health department till Tuesday.

16 patients are undergoing treatment in the isolation ward of the Government Rajendra Hospital here.

On an average, about 10 suspected cases are being reported from various parts of the city every day. Health officials have taken 120 blood samples of suspected cases and sent them to microbiology laboratory at the government hospital for IGM Maclisa test.

Around 250 cases and 280 cases of dengue were reported in 2013 and 2014 respectively.Patiala civil surgeon Rajiv Bhalla confirmed the figures and said they have deployed various teams in different areas to destroy the dengue mosquito larvae at its early stage.

"The health department is receiving 10 blood samples for testing every day from various localities and some patients have been coming from other districts as well for treatment. We have set up 30 beds in the isolation ward of the hospital," he added.


Ground reality different

However, as against the official claims, the HT team could not count more than 10 beds in the isolation ward. The residents refuted claims of any kind of inspection conducted by health officials in the city.

Dengue cases have been reported from Ratan Lehal Colony, Charan Bagh, Jai Jawan Colony, Anand Nagar and Ajit Nagar in the city while some cases were also reported from Malerkotla and Gobindgarh.

Meanwhile, Bhalla claimed that the department was fully equipped to tackle the suspected as well as confirmed cases of dengue patients. There is no need for panic but people should keep their surroundings clean, he added.

Bhalla urged residents to not allow accumulation of water on the rooftop, in the coolers and other surrounding locations of their houses. He also advised that people should prefer to wear full-sleeve clothes, especially during the morning and evening.