DENGUE OUT OF CONTROL IN PUTTALAM DISTRICT
Over 200 dengue patients admitted; base hospital overflowing; shortage of nurses and doctors
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.