DENGUE OUT OF CON­TROL IN PUTTALAM DISTRICT

Over 200 dengue pa­tients ad­mit­ted; base hos­pi­tal over­flow­ing; short­age of nurses and doc­tors

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY HIRAN PIYANKARA JAYASINGHE

Health au­thor­i­ties in the Puttalam District are wor­ried dengue had reached epi­demic pro­por­tions in the district and that the Puttalam Base Hos­pi­tal is con­gested due to ad­mis­sion of more than 200 dengue pos­i­tive pa­tients in­clud­ing chil­dren.

Hos­pi­tal Di­rec­tor Dr. N.p.nag­u­lanathan said that 69 chil­dren stricken with dengue fever had been ad­mit­ted. He said an­other ward was re­leased for dengue pa­tients but that sev­eral pa­tients were ly­ing in the cor­ri­dors and con­crete benches. Doc­tors said the ma­jor­ity of pa­tients were from Puttalam town while oth­ers were from Kal­pi­tiya, Palaviya, Ana­maduwa, and Wanathaw­illuwa ar­eas.

Dr. Nag­u­lanathan was con­cerned over the short­age of doc­tors and nurses the ef­fects of which had been felt due to the ad­mis­sion of hun­dreds of dengue pa­tients. He said the hos­pi­tal was short of about 100 nurses and seven doc­tors and that ev­ery nurse was re­quired to be on duty con­tin­u­ally for 48 hours.

Mean­while District Sec­re­tary N.h.m.chi­trananda and SP J.a.chan­drasena had launched a crash pro­gramme to bring the spread of the dis­ease un­der con­trol.

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