Dengue, chikungunya on rise again

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2017 11:14:47

Staff Reporter,

FROM last three days, no such number of dengue and chikungunya samples tested positive but suddenly on Tuesday, three chikungunya and four dengue samples tested positive. 11 samples of chikungunya suspected patients were received, of them 3 tested positive and 8 tested negative. While 7 samples of dengue suspected patients were tested, of them 4 tested positive and 3 tested negative. Medical officers were surprised when the cold is on rise in the city and State, how dengue mosquito is still surviving and the patients of chikungunya were also detected, according to District Malaria Office report.

Sources said, “Most of the times, the private hospitals and nursing homes do not send samples of dengue and chikungunya suspected patients, got them tested at their hospitals and start treatment.” The Health Department, particularly the District Malaria Office does not have proper figure of dengue and chikungunya.

On the other hand, the district health authorities have reduced anti-larvae survey teams in the city considering reducing cases of dengue and chikungunya due to cold but three chikungunya and four dengue positive samples have proved that larvae still exists and even mosquito.

It is learnt that if the dengue and chikungunya patients’ samples tested positive in such numbers in coming days, the Health Department might again get into their services of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs). Week ago, there were 80 teams of ASHAs went door to door in many parts of the city, particularly from where the dengue and chikungunya samples were tested. At present, there are only 34 teams of health workers. While before that, there were 122 teams of health workers including ASHAs.

Doctors had expected more cases of swine-flu these days due to intense cold but that did not happen.
From last four months, the samples of swine-flu suspected patients were tested negative. Doctors however did not miss any opportunity of collecting najal-swab samples of the swine-flu suspected patients approaching hospitals with complaints of cold and cough daily.