Dengue cases on rise, yet again

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Hemdeep Kaur ludhlivedesk@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

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