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Posted at: May 6, 2019, 7:27 AM; last updated: May 6, 2019, 7:27 AM (IST)

Health Dept sets up separate wards for dengue patients in hospitals

Health Dept sets up separate wards for dengue patients in hospitals
A dengue ward set up at the Civil Hospital in Patiala. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 5

Following the first case of dengue the District Health Department has already earmarked separate wards to handle patients suffering from the disease. In fact, the Health Department has set up dengue wards at all the three subdivision hospitals in Samana, Rajpura and Nabha.

District Epidemiologist Dr Sumeet said the Samana divisional hospital had designated a ward with 12 beds while Nabha and Rajpura hospital had wards of six beds each, where dengue patients could be admitted for treatment.

According to health experts dengue cases were usually reported in July. However, sporadic cases of the disease could be detected in May also.

 “The Health Department is fully equipped to tackle any urgency of dengue cases. We have already set up dengue wards at divisional hospitals. Besides the Rajindra Hospital and Mata Kaushalya Hospital authorities have been asked to set up separate dengue wards,” Dr Sumeet added.

The Health Department would increase the bed strength if required, he said. All major private hospitals in the district had also been asked to prepare isolated wards for dengue patients, he added.

Understanding the vulnerability of the dreaded disease, Civil Surgeon, Patiala, Dr Manjit, has already issued instructions to government health institutions, including tertiary health centre at Government Rajindra Hospital to set up dengue wards.

Notably, last year, the district had witnessed the highest number of dengue cases in Punjab and the first case was reported in the last week of May. This year, the first case of dengue has already surfaced in the first week of May itself.

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