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Reports of dengue in Davangere

Staff Correspondent

68 people suspected to have contracted the disease admitted to hospital in past 15 days


  • Condition of 10 patients said to be serious
  • Shortage of dengue kits at district hospital
  • National Institute of Virology yet to send reports of 104 patients

    DAVANGERE: A number of cases of dengue have been reported in Davangere district in the past few days. Sixty-eight people suspected to have dengue have been admitted to a private hospital near Shanthi theatre here in the past 15 days.

    Of them, 58 persons were given treatment for the disease at the private nursing home and discharged, while 10 others have been retained at the hospital as their condition is stated to be serious.

    The officials at nursing homes refused to divulge too many details in the absence of doctors. However, there are unconfirmed reports that many people have been admitted for dengue at many private hospitals in the city.

    Very few people have been admitted to the general hospital. A few patients at the private hospital said that when they approached the general hospital, they were advised to go to private nursing homes for better treatment.

    There is a shortage of dengue kits at the general hospital even though 12 persons died of the disease in the district in the past two months. Over 1000 persons have been admitted and treated for dengue at different hospitals including in the past few days.

    A police constable who was admitted at the general hospital was misdiagnosed and he died of dengue in Harihar a few days ago. The National Institute of Virology, where the blood samples of dengue patients are sent for investigations, is yet to send the reports of 104 patients.

    A few months ago, the residents of Chilur left the village after a few people were admitted to hospital with dengue. Senior officers of the Health Department had visited Chilur keeping in mind the gravity of the situation.

    However, the District Health Office has not taken any concrete steps to contain the disease. The officials say that the Government has not supplied dengue kits and hence it cannot provide proper treatment. The office has also not got reports from private hospitals about the number of persons suspected to have dengue.

    According to highly placed official sources in the Health Department, a team will be sent to Davangere soon to assess the situation in the district.

    The sources also said that a large numbers of dengue cases are being reported from other places in the State.

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