Deadly sting: No let-up in dengue cases in Amritsar

292 cases reported in last 9 days, highest so far | District tally reaches 1,321

Deadly sting: No let-up in dengue cases in Amritsar

After 292 new dengue cases were reported in the last nine days, the total count of patients from the disease reached 1,321 on Monday.

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 25

After 292 new dengue cases were reported in the last nine days, the total count of patients from the disease reached 1,321 on Monday.

This is the highest number of dengue cases reported from the district ever. However, the district Health Department has not reported any death due to the disease so far.

A healthy and nutritious food is a good thing, but if someone feels that goat milk alone can cure dengue, it is just a myth. A patient must take complete bed rest, vitamin C in any form and increase intake of fluids A physician

Even as the weather has changed and temperature fallen substantially, health experts believe that dengue season would continue for at least 8 to 10 days. The recent showers have further added to the worries, as it could help in the breeding of mosquitoes.

The officials said a slight drop in dengue cases has been witnessed recently, but the situation is still alarming and residents must take ample precautions.

While the Health Department, as per government policy, considers only MacElisa test reports for confirming dengue patients, the number of patients, with similar symptoms as drop in platelet count and high temperature who have not gone for MacElisa test, is much higher.

Even at present, the government and private hospitals are overburdened with dengue cases. The employees at the Civil Hospital here have also demanded cancellation of deputation in view of huge rush of dengue patients.

It seems the administration is just waiting for the temperature to fall further so that the dengue virus becomes ineffective on its own, as the efforts, if any were made, have proven insufficient to contain the spread of the disease.

In the absence of any treatment for the disease, as it is treated symptomatically and there is no particular medicine for it, the public is also mostly relying on myths as drinking goat milk, coconut water or other such items, which do not have any scientific role in treating dengue.

“A healthy and nutritious food is a good thing, but if someone feels that goat milk alone can cure dengue, it is just a myth,” said a physician, adding that a patient must take complete bed rest, vitamin C in any form and increase intake of fluids.

Symptoms

People infected by the dengue virus may suffer from high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding

Dos

  • Always keep the overhead tanks properly covered
  • Drain out water from coolers & scrub these dry once a week
  • In case of fever get your blood examined at the earliest
  • Take full treatment if found infected

Don’ts

  • Do not allow water to stagnate in and around your house
  • Do not throw discarded containers, tyres, pitchers and pots on the rooftop

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