Hospitals overcrowded as dengue cases mount

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Hospitals overcrowded as dengue cases mount

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

With spurt in cases of seasonal fever and dengue, the hospitals in the provisional state capital are overflowing with patients.

The state health department has made special dengue wards at Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hospital, Gandhi centenary eye hospital and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya ( Coronation ) hospital. On Tuesday all the wards in these three hospitals remained full. In such a scenario the doctors are asking the relatives of patients of dengue and fever to take them to other hospitals. In GDMC Hospital the special dengue ward has a capacity of 26 patients while 24 and 6 patients can be admitted in the dengue wards of Gandhi centenary eye hospital and Coronation hospital respectively.

The Medical Superintendent (MS) of GDMC hospital, Dr K K Tamta said that the dengue and other wards of the hospital are full. He said that the problem is that the government hospitals are continuously referring patients to GDMC. Dr Tamta claimed that the hospital is using its resources to its stretch to treat the patients. He added that in view of the growing requirement of platelets, a blood donation camp was organised in the hospital on Tuesday.

51 dengue cases reported 

The number of dengue affected patients reached 483 on Tuesday as district health authorities reported 51 new cases of the disease.  In last eight days the department has reported 133 new cases of the disease.

The district vector borne diseases officer, Subhash Joshi said that the team of the health department visited Vidhan Sabha, Nari Niketan, Juvenile observation centre, Balika Niketan and Sishu Niketan. He said that the teams found larvae of dengue spreading mosquito in desert coolers, water coolers, storage tanks and other places. Joshi said that the employees and inmates in these places were informed about dengue and measures taken to curb the menace of the disease.

He said that people should ensure that the breeding places of mosquitoes inside their homes and vicinity are destroyed.

Joshi said that since Aedes mosquito, the vector of the disease bites during day time it is advisable that everyone should wear full sleeve clothes to reduce exposure of their body for the mosquito to bite.  

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