Jammu, September 16: The health department of Jammu has issued an alert to all the hospitals of the city to keep a close eye on all the patients admitted with high fever after the confirmation of five dengue cases.
As per details provided by Dr GS Pathania, Director, Health, Jammu, all the five cases reported so far have been recovering.
According to a senior health officer, “the situation right now is under control but this time we want to stay prepared to deal with this menace unlike past year, when the department was not prepared and the disease led to panic.”
As per this office, panic spread in 2013 all across the Jammu region, since only one hospital in the city was able to provide tests and treatment of Dengue. Since cases were reported from all parts of city including from Samba, Vijaypur, Purmandal, Gura-Slathia, Bari Brahmana, Ramgarh, Kathua, Jammu, RS Pura, Satwari, Gajansoo and parts of Rajouri district the hospital failed to accommodate and about four people died of dengue.
Dr GS Pathania added to this that the preparations were started in July. Testing kits have been provided to all the government hospitals so that the patients do not have to depend on private clinics for tests which added to the confusion and panic earlier. The medical staff of the government college has also been trained to handle dengue cases so that hospital does not depend on medical colleges for tests.
It is pertinent to mention here that the department has already banned the NS1 test for diagnosing of dengue fever by clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and clinical establishments and recommended the National Institute of Virology kit, commonly known as ELISA test, for the detection of IgM to confirm fever.