Dengue toll rises in Jalandhar, 33 have been tested positive

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 12:26 IST

Dengue toll continues to rise in the city with 33 people having been tested positive till Monday.

The health department is receiving 10 blood samples for testing every day.

The department officials said a special team has been formed at the 400-bed Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital to curb the problem. But when HT team visited the isolation ward on the second floor of the hospital building, nobody seemed to be aware of any such team.

Against the officials' claims of having set up 10 beds in the ward, there were only six beds for the purpose. The ward was also badly aintained and foul smell was emanating from it.

Integrated disease surveillance project (IDSP) officer Dr Rajiv Gupta that the health department is treating the patients and medical teams are making door-to-door visits and delivering medicines free of cost.

Gupta said we have also written to the municipal corporation about places where most of the cases are being reported from.

A survey besides fogging is being carried out in those areas, Gupta added.

He said mosquito nets have been provided at the isolation ward and other two sub-divisional hospitals (Nakodar and Phillaur) and 12 community health centres (CHCs) in the district.

Pathologist Dr Davinder Singh said tests are being conducted on Tuesday and Friday in the civil hospital and they are receiving blood samples from the government and private hospitals on the daily basis.

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