Dengue menace in city continues; 108 more test positive – Times of India

PATNA: According to figures released by the health department, the
dengue count in state touched 1,500 on Saturday, excluding those undergoing treatment in private hospitals.

Dr Sachchidanand Kumar, incharge of virology lab at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), said 114 blood samples were tested positive for dengue at the hospital on Saturday. Of these 114 patients, 108 are from Patna.

After Patna, Bhagalpur has recorded the second highest number of dengue cases so far at 112. Nalanda and Vaishali districts have accounted for 36 and 33 dengue cases, respectively, till Saturday.

Acknowledging the spurt in dengue cases in Patna, State Health Society (SHC) has also introduced dengue test facility in 22 urban primary health centres here, apart from free tests being done at 26 different health camps since October 5. So far, 17,631 people have availed the facility in various camps and hospitals.

“The stock of platelets has been increased from 241 to 500 units, which is sufficient to cater to the requirement. There is no need to stock too much platelet as it has short shelf life. Also, infusion of platelet is not required unless the blood cell count touches 10,000 per cubic millimetre,” SHC executive officer Manoj Kumar said.

Meanwhile, residents of the city have criticized the government for swinging into action only after the outbreak of the disease.

“Anti-dengue measures like fogging and use of temefos should have been initiated much earlier,” said S Prasad, who lives near Dinkar roundabout. Rajendra Nagar resident Noopur Khatri echoed Prasad’s tone.

Rajiv Nagar road number 6 resident Kanti Singh said fogging was done in the locality only twice after removal of rainwater from the area. Rupaspur and Ram Nagari Colony residents also had same complaints.

People also complained about accumulation of garbage near drains. “Though the civic body cleaned the drain after rainfall, they left the dirt on the roads. The dirt has become breeding ground for mosquitoes,” said Dr Nigam Prakash Narain, who lives in Pataliputra.

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