One suspected dengue death as 26 fresh cases surface in Ludhiana

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2016 12:07 IST
As vector-borne diseases continue to spread, five confirmed cases of Chikungunya fever were reported in the last one week. (Representative image )

A suspected dengue death was reported from the civil hospital late on Wednesday evening. The patient, a 22-year-old man from Janakpuri area, died due to low blood platelet count, said hospital authorities. However, the health department denied any such death due to dengue.

Taking the tally to 178, 26 fresh cases of dengue were reported on Thursday. Of the 26 patients, 15 are males and the remaining women. While local cases are on the rise, cases from other districts and states have also witnessed an upward trend.

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As vector-borne diseases continue to spread, five confirmed cases of Chikungunya fever were reported in the last one week. District epidemiologist Dr Ramesh said, “On an average, 20 suspected samples are being sent for checking at the civil hospital every day. Not all the cases turn out to be positive and till date 178 dengue cases have been confirmed.”

Additional facilities at civil hospital

To deal with rising number of dengue patients, the number of beds at the dengue ward of the civil hospital have been increased from 13 to 20, while two additional rooms have been reserved for an emergency situation.

Dr Ramesh said, “As per the government’s instructions, the supportive treatment of dengue patient is carried without charge at the civil hospital. To deal with rising cases, six new additional nets were sent today to the hospital.”

‘No Chikungunya test kit in district’

“The two Igm Test kits for Chikungunya were ordered from Pune and were expected to arrive two days ago. However, the kits have been lost in transit thus delaying the facility for checking the cases here in the district. Apart from the five confirmed cases, no new cases are being tested. Test samples are being sent to Rajindra Hospital,” said Dr Ramesh.

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