Dengue cases made Vizag district hard
Patients forced to share the bed at King George Hospital, authorities blame it on high infection count.
At a time when the uncontrolled spread of dengue across the district has kept the authorities on their toes, patients with suspected symptoms from rural, urban and tribal areas throng the King George Hospital (KGH).
According to sources, as many as 400 positive cases have been reported in various hospitals across the district this month only and fear is increasing that the continuous rain might inflame the infection rate.
Those with severe symptoms are rushing to the KGH, among the premier government referral hospital in the State.
As the officials say that one should not declare a person dengue positive based on random tests, in the government records Cases reported from private hospitals and diagnostic labs are not being shown.
The private hospitals and labs are showing random test results and creating panic among the people the said by KGH authorities. “We confirm the positive cases only after the IGM and IGG tests instead of going by results of the NS-1 antigen test, even viral fevers are tested as dengue positive in random tests,” KGH Superintendent G. Arjuna said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the heavy influx of patients has resulted in the severe shortage of beds in the pediatric ward of the KGH and the children are being forced to share beds.
There is no shortage of platelets in KGH.
“The hospital had three units with a total bed strength of 90 for children where we are getting on an average of 150 patients suffering from various ailments. Being a referral hospital, we have to accommodate all of them. Hence, some patients are being provided a shared bed,” said by the superintendent of KGH.
With the dengue situation severe in June and July with the KGH receiving on an average of 25 to 30 patients per a day but it had come down now to a single digit, adding that the patients were discharged within five to seven days said by Mr.Arjuna.
He also opposed the shortage of blood for the administration of platelets.
On Tuesday District Medical and Health Officer (DM&HO) R. Ramesh appealed for the people not to panic over the outbreak of dengue and viral fevers in the district, suggesting it’s time all took measures to prevent mosquito breeding in their respective localities.
For creating panic among people KGH blaming the private hospitals and labs, he said that dengue was not a life-threatening disease and one could be cured within five to seven days after being diagnosed positive and we are also keeping a tab on the situation and so far, we have not come across any patient with severe platelet count problem,” he states.