Sharp rise in dengue cases gives health department jitters

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Sep 19, 2015 23:53 IST

The number of dengue patients here has risen to 213 till Saturday. On Friday alone, 57 more cases were reported in the health department from different hospitals in the district.

14 cases were reported from Dayanand Medical College, 9 from Ludhiana Civil Hospital, 8 from Khanna Civil Hospital, 6 from SPS Hospital, 4 each from Christian Medical College and Fortis Hospital, 5 from IRY Hospital, 3 from ESI Hospital, 2 from SRL Labs and one each from Walia Hospital and Samrala Civil Hospital.

11 patients from several other districts of Punjab have been confirmed with the disease and have been admitted in Ludhian hospitals. Out of the 11, 10 cases were reported from DMCH, while one from SPS Hospital. Two cases of confirmed dengue were reported with health department from other states.

It is pertinent to mention here that the cases of the mosquito-borne disease have risen sharply in the district, with Khanna affected the most due to “lack of measures” by the municipal council and the health department in the area. The residents of Khanna have accused the authorities of lacking fogging and other measures to tackle the disease.

Last year in November the cases of dengue did not cross 190, but this year the number has reached to 213 in September. The health authorities are worried over the scenario and have held a series of meetings in this regard.

Dr Ramesh Kumar, district epidemiologist, confirmed that the total number of cases in Ludhiana had reached 213. “The health department is fully equipped to tackle the cases. We have held strategy meetings to take on dengue in Ludhiana district.”

In a recent meeting special principal secretary of the health and family welfare department, Vikas Garg, asked the civil surgeon and other district-level officials of the health department to ensure proper treatment of the dengue patients.

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