Wednesday, 25 July 2018 | PNS | Dehradun– Following reported presence of dengue in some patients from Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts, the health department is alert to stop the outbreak of the vector-borne disease in Dehradun. The department has set up a ten- bed isolation ward at Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hospital for the suspected dengue patients. The Chief Medical officer (CMO) of Dehradun, Dr S K Gupta told The Pioneer that the department is on the alert mode on dengue and other vector- borne diseases that sprout during the season. He said that medicines and other equipment are available in sufficient stock in all the hospitals of district. Dr Gupta, however, clarified that the samples which are found positive in the Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay ( ELISA) test would be considered cases of dengue. He said that all the medical officers and the private clinics operators have been asked to send the samples of the suspected patients of dengue to the lab situated at the GDMC hospital for the confirmatory test of the disease. The district vector- borne diseases officer, Subhash Joshi said that no case of dengue so far has been reported from anywhere in Dehradun district. He informed that last year 198 cases of the disease were reported from the district while in 2016, 1428 patients of the dengue were reported. Joshi said that 264 Asha workers and teams of the health department are undertaking a door to door survey in different parts of the district. These workers are informing the people about the preventive measures to be taken for checking the spread of the disease. Joshi further that apart from the information campaign, the health department teams are undertaking surveys to identify the breeding areas of mosquito and they are also working on source reduction of the vector of the disease.
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