Yet to get well from its lengthy combat towards Covid-19, Punjab is now battling a serious outbreak of dengue with the variety of sufferers confirmed to have been contaminated with the vector-borne illness near doubling in nearly 9 days.
From 5,889 sufferers on October 12 to 11,129 on October 21, Punjab has recorded a jump of 88.9 per cent in confirmed dengue cases. Five districts – Mohali, Bathinda, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Pathankot, account for six,970, or practically 63 per cent, of the cases. The general figures are highest in the final three years. The state had reported 8,435 cases in 2020 and 10,170 in 2019.
Though the state has not reported any confirmed demise on account of dengue, the variety of suspected deaths have shot from one on October 12 to 22 on October 21. Of these, 9 suspected deaths have been reported from Mansa and three from Ludhiana.
Health division claims that it has been making home visits, spreading consciousness and conducting fogging train to kill the mosquito larvae. However not each dengue affected person is examined for Covid, stated Dr SP Singh, civil surgeon, Ludhiana.
“We test the patients based on their dengue symptoms such as rashes, extreme body ache, high-grade fever, fall in platelets. We test them for Covid if they have symptoms such as fall in blood oxygen level and pulse, and breathlessness,” he stated.
Mohali has most 1835 dengue sufferers as on October 21, up from 717 on October 12. Bathinda is a detailed second with 1,570 cases adopted by Amritsar (1242), Hoshiarpur (1,204) and Pathankot (1,120). Muktsar Sahib had a complete 967 dengue cases until Thursday in comparison with 567 on October 12.
Though Barnala’s whole depend was 58, it’s a main jump from 9 cases on October 12. Same is with Patiala, the place cases elevated from 94 to 255 in 9 days.
Dr Vitull Okay Gupta, chairperson, Malwa Physicians Association, stated, “Confirmed cases are just the tip of the iceberg. Many patients are not getting ELISA test done while others are getting themselves treated through RMPs. Hence, suspected patients must be 4-5 times more than the reported figures”.
Meanwhile as per Punjab authorities’s document, a complete of 29,307 suspected cases had been reported out of which 11,129 had been confirmed.
On being requested if there was a connection between Covid and rising dengue cases, Dr Rajesh Bhaskar, nodal officer for Covid in Punjab, stated, “There is no connection as mode of infection is different to two diseases”.
Deputy chief minister OP Soni, who additionally holds well being portfolio, nevertheless stated, “We are concerned about the rising dengue cases. Teams in every district are working to contain the disease. However, people should also take due precautions”.
Dr Gupta stated that there was an pressing must make docs conscious of the centre for illness management and prevention (CDC) pointers which recommend platelet transfusion is simply indicated for a dengue affected person if depend is lower than 100,00 and with presence of bleeding tendencies. “Otherwise platelet transfusion can have adverse effects,” he stated.
He stated dengue shock syndrome and haemorrhagic fever are harmful to life and have to be fastidiously identified and handled. The two are by no means associated to platelet depend and might happen in sufferers with regular platelet depend too.
“Simple tourniquet test can be very useful in risk stratification of dengue fever,” he added.
Dr Gagandeep Singh Grover, nodal officer, vector borne ailments, Punjab, whereas speaking about steps being taken to include the unfold stated, “More breeding checkers have been hired. More teams for checking and spraying insecticides and larvicides have been procured. State level meeting is being held under chairpersonship of health minister for involvement of other departments. Health minister has reviewed preparedness of districts, and availability of dengue beds with nets at hospitals”.