12 dengue cases detected in Tiruvallur in a month

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In the last 28 days, 12 persons tested positive for dengue in Tiruvallur district and its neighbouring villages.
The Public Health Department (PHD) has stepped up monitoring of fever cases and has directed pharmacies not to disburse over-the-counter medicines for fever. A few patients who tested positive in the last three days are Reuben, 14, Jagadish, 7, and Senjiah, 49.
Officials from the PHD said the cases were not reported from one particular area, but from across the district, including Poonamallee, Gummidipoondi, Tirutanni and Eekadu.
“The number of cases shows that we are conducting proper diagnosis for all fever cases. This will help in early detection and prevention of deaths. Besides, the cases are bound to reduce once it starts raining,” said K. Krishnaraj, deputy director of health services, Tiruvallur health unit district.
He said all those who come with fever are tested for dengue, typhoid, malaria and leptospirosis.
“We have set up over 30 cell counters in government hospitals and primary health centres. Patients do not have to run from pillar to post for checking platelet count and wait long for results. This will facilitate early detection,” he added.
He said private hospitals were also instructed to inform government hospitals in case they come across suspicious fever cases and not to admit them in their hospitals, in case of a drop in platelet count.
“We have also instructed schools not to allow children to come to school immediately after their fever subsides. They have been asked to instruct parents to allow their children to rest for seven days, instead of forcing them to go to school,” he added.
Besides, the government has also set up a step-down ward to observe patients whose fever has subsided. “We shift them to this ward if their fever reduces after three days, and discharge them only after their platelet count improves,” added Mr. Krishnaraj.
The Tiruvallur administration has asked residents to approach government hospitals or PHCs in case of fever. “Please do not approach quacks or opt for self-medication in case of fever. We have instructed pharmacies not to disburse over-the-counter medicines for fever,” he added.