Health Dept recommends only ELISA test for dengue

Asks private labs and hospitals to report positive cases

Health Dept recommends only ELISA test for dengue

A team of the Health Department sprays insecticide in a street during an anti-dengue awareness drive in Patiala. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 12

In the wake of alleged under-reporting of dengue cases, the Health Department has issued directions to private labs and hospitals to get confirmatory tests done at government labs.

In new directions, the Health Department has asked private labs and hospitals to send samples of suspected dengue patients to government labs. Besides, private labs have been asked to send samples for the ELISA test if patients test positive for dengue through other initial tests.

Health officials claimed that private labs and hospitals were conducting rapid card test for dengue, which was not a confirmatory test to ascertain if a person was suffering from the disease.

It has been learnt that private labs had already declared many patients positive for dengue. However, the Health Department didn’t confirm their reports.

The district epidemiologist, Dr Sumeet Singh, said, “Every private hospital and clinic is required to intimate the Health Department about any suspected and confirmed dengue case and send the affected patients sample to government lab for confirmatory tests.”

The Health Department had once again issued directions to private labs and hospitals in this regard, he added. So far, no dengue case had been confirmed in the district, he said.

Meanwhile, the Patiala Civil Surgeon, Dr Satinder Singh, said, “Card test, which is conducted by private labs, is not confirmatory. People should go for ELISA test conducted at government hospitals free of cost.”

Dengue larvae were detected and destroyed during a drive, he added. Besides, warning notices had been issued to owners of houses where dengue larvae were found, he said.

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