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Dengue cases rise in Patiala, five more cases reported

punjab Updated: Sep 16, 2013 23:41 IST
Navrajdeep Singh
Navrajdeep Singh
Hindustan Times
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Municipal Corporation and district administration's tall claims in making arrangements to do away with dengue virus falls flat as fresh cases of dengue have been reported in Patiala on Monday.

According to officials of health department, five fresh cases came to fore at government Rajindera hospital, while 30 suspected cases were reported so far.

According to senior officials, positive cases of dengue were reported from different parts of the city raising eyebrows over the claims of the civic body to spray mosquito repellents across its jurisdiction.

So far, only one case has been reported from out of the district.

However, around 10 cases of dengue were reported last year.

The mosquito menace in the city has assumed alarming proportions giving residents sleepless nights.

Though both health department and the civic body had earlier announced several plans to curb the spread of water-borne diseases particularly dengue but not much has been done at the ground level.

The maximum cases were reported from Tripari, Ratan nagar, Badungar Colony, Charan Bagh and Ajit Nagar.

Chief medical officer Dr Varinder Singh Mohi said four out of five fresh dengue cases were diagnosed with virus.

"We were receiving 10-12 cases of suspected cases on the daily basis, out of which maximum came from different parts of the city. The maximum cases were reported in the past three days," he said.

He said the hospital's microbiology laboratory have been equipped to conduct IGM melisa test, one of the authenticated tests to confirm suspected dengue cases.

"We have already taken blood samples of all the suspected cases, their reports will come on Tuesday," he said.

Suspected patients in Dilemma

With reports of private laboratories not matching up with the government laboratories have put suspected cases into a lot of inconvenience and acute dilemma.

One of the senior doctor said the private doctors opted to start treatment of suspected patients after finding them positive during NS1 test, a common test to take count of blood platelets.

However, the district health department recorded only those cases which were confirmed through melisa test.

Dr Kuljit Singh, a private practitioner at Gobind Hospital said on the basis of NS1 test, three positive cases were currently admitted in his hospital, while four cases were referred to Rajindera hospital on Sunday.

"We can't wait for Melisa test as it was generally done after 5 or 6 days of symptoms," he said.

On the other hand, Dr Mohi said the government of India has only recognised melisa test as the final test.

"NS1 test has been used to diagnose other diseases also", he said.