Dengue in Delhi: 1427 in eight months and counting

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Delhi continues to grapple with the menace of Dengue even though the health minister, Satyendra Jain, has ruled out any possiblility of its outbreak in the capital.

Jain on Monday had assured that the disease was under conteol.

However, the data released on Dengue patients in 2015 paints an alarming picture.

According to data, 1427 people have been diagnosed with Dengue till 12 September in 2015 alone. Of them, 776 cases were reported in North Delhi Municipal Corporation, 499 in South while 152 in East Delhi Municipal Corporation.

The number of people falling sick due to Dengue in 2015 is the highest since 2010.

On Saturday a seven year old child had died of Dengue after several hospitals allegedly refused to admit him citing non-availability of beds.

The boy’s parents too later committed suicide by jumping from a multi storeyed building.

Shaken by the developments over the weekend, Satyendar Jain on Monday directed top health and administrative officials of Delhi to ensure effective preventive measures to counter the spread on Dengue and make the residents of national capital aware that there is no cause for panic.

Addressing the meeting of District Magistrates, Chief District Medical Officers (CDMOs), and Regional Health Directors in presence of the Health Secretary, Director Health Services and the Divisional Commissioner, Jain said that the utmost priority was ‘to make people aware against the adverse effects of self-medication.’

He said that his government had ensured that no more patient would be turned away from hospitals.

Delhi’s hospitals are now being directed to open ‘special fever clinics’ to deal with patients of suspected Dengue cases to ease the rush in emergency wards.

 

Dos and Don’ts  on Dengue

HOW TO RECOGNIZE DENGUE FEVER

Dengue Fever (DF) is an acute febrile illness of 2-7 days duration (sometimes with two peaks) with

two or more of the following manifestations:  Headache

  • Retro-orbital pain
  • Myalgia/arthralgia
  • Rash
  • Haemorrhagic manifestation (petechiae and positive tourniquest test) and
  • Leucopenia

In children, DF is usually mild. In some adults, DF may be the classic incapacitating disease with severe bone pain and recovery may be associated with prolonged fatigue and depression.

DOS AND DON’TS FOR PATIENTS

If you or any family member is suffering from suspected dengue fever, it is important to carefully watch yourself or relative for the next few days, since this disease can rapidly become very serious and lead to a medical emergency.

The complications associated with Dengue Fever/Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever usually appear between the third and fifth day of illness.

You should therefore watch the patient for two days even after fever disappears.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Keep body temperature below 39oC.
  • Give the patient paracetamol (not more than four times in 24 hours).
    Do check with your physician on doses for adults and children.
  • Give large amounts of fluids (water, soup, milk, juice) along with the patientís normal diet.
  • The patient should take complete rest.
  • Immediately consult a doctor if any of the following manifestations appear:
    o Red spots or points on the skin;
    o bleeding from the nose or gums;
    o frequent vomiting;
    o vomiting with blood;
    o black stools;
    o sleepiness;
    o constant crying;
    o abdominal pain;
    o excessive thirst (dry mouth);
    o pale, cold or clammy skin;
    o difficulty in breathing.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

  • Do not wait in case the above symptoms appear. Immediately consult a doctor. It is crucial to quickly get treatment in case of these complications.
  • Do not take Aspirin or Brufen or Ibubrufen.

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  1. Corrupt doctors,labs and hospitals are fleecing patients.Dengue tests are costing 1200 Rs minimum.
    Platelets are being given as if they are sanjivani booti for Dengue.
    Most people who do not show signs of bleeding or complications do not require platelets.
    Even if platelets come below 20,000 it doesnt mean ICU …only if there is bleeding does one require hospitalization.Platelets are being sold for Rs 400 per bag and Single donor platelets are being sold for Rs 10,000 per bag.Give fluids and electrolytes.Thats the key.
    In this trial, almost half the patients showed no
    response to a high-dose platelet transfusion. Platelet transfusion did
    not prevent development of severe bleeding or shorten time to cessation
    of bleeding and was associated with significant side effects. Therefore,
    platelet transfusion should not be routinely done in the management of
    dengue fever.

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