Dengue cases on rise, yet again
LUDHIANA: Dengue is spreading its tentacles in the city yet again, which is apparent from the number of cases reported from different hospitals here. The government officials are, however, trying to paint a healthy picture by announcing that the situation is under control. However, the records of patients provided by private hospitals belie their claims.
Dr Kanwal Masih, medical superintendent at Christian Medical College, said 200 dengue cases have been reported from January 1 to September 26, this year. Dr Daljeet Singh, principal, Dayanand Medical College Hospital, said a total of 670 IgM positive cases have been registered in Punjab, of which 343 are reported from Ludhiana and the rest 147 from Bhatinda. Whereas, Kulvinder Singh, district health officer (DHO), puts the figure close to 163.
The figures provided by DHO are almost lower by thrice as compared to numbers given by the private hospitals as a whole. “The media has raised this issue many a times, that our figures do not match with the figures of private hospitals. Now, I have got the samples checked under my supervision specially to avoid the confusion,” said the DHO.
Meanwhile, the district health department has told the dhabas, restaurants and food vendors not to serve stale food, or else they will be fined heavily and also their eatables would be destroyed.