‘Dengue business’ thriving; Health Dept slaps notice on pvt hospitals, labs misguiding patients

Source: DHNS | Published on 12th July 2019, 9:42 PM | Coastal News |

Karwar: The District Health Department has issued notices to a few private laboratories and clinics which have been depicting normal fever as dengue.

There are allegations that a few hospitals/clinics in various taluks of Uttara Kannada district ask the patients who approach the hospital with complaints of fever to get their blood test done in private laboratories. Though the report provided by the diagnostic centre says that the fever is normal viral fever, the patients are made to believe that it was dengue. By doing so, they fleece patients and manage to get money extracted from them.

Taking such complaints and allegations seriously, the Health Department is issuing notices to laboratories and clinics involved in ‘dengue business’.

“Many private laboratories are also giving wrong blood test reports. They label normal fever as dengue. We sent samples of some ‘dengue confirmed’ cases to Manipal laboratories for re-testing and the reports given there confirmed that the cases were not dengue cases,” said District Vector Borne Disease Control Officer Ramesh Rao.

Dr Rao said that till June end this year, 270 cases of suspected dengue have been recorded in the district. When samples of 260 patients were sent for testing, it was confirmed that 27 people had dengue. In Bhatkal, samples of 29 suspected cases were sent and 11 were confirmed of dengue. Siddapur taluk witnessed maximum cases of suspected dengue. Here, samples of 131 cases of suspected dengue were sent to labs for testing but of them, only two were suffering from dengue.

About dengue

Dengue is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms typically begin three to 14 days after infection. Dengue is spread by several species of female mosquitoes of the aedes type, principally A aegypti, she said.

The lifespan of aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads dengue is three to four weeks. It lays 100 to 200 eggs four to five times in its life span. It bites humans for blood. People should avoid mosquito bites to keep away from Dengue.

Dengue spreading mosquitoes breed in clean water collected in cement tanks, drums, broken plastic pots and tyres, coconut shells, and in other such water containers. When these Dengue infected mosquitos bite a person, Dengue spreads from one person to another. By cleaning the water storage containers, the spread of diseases such as dengue and chikungunya can be managed, she noted.

So, people must maintain cleanliness in and around the houses.

Water tanks should be cleaned once a week and must be covered properly. Rainwater should not be allowed to stagnate in tyres, shells, and broken bottles. Mosquito nets should be used while sleeping. Doctors advise should be strictly followed in containing the diseases.

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