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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

India : Dengue toll rises

Via The Telegraph :

" The percentage of dengue positive cases among the fever patients is on the rise in Talcher-Angul industrial belt.

Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL) Central Hospital sources said the percentage of dengue positive cases among the fever patients tested there has gone up to 30 from 20. This has worried the doctors, but health and family welfare department is hardly bothered.

Crippled by shortage of paramedical staff and doctors, the Talcher hospital fails to cope with the unprecedented influx of fever patients from Angul, Deogarh and Dhenkanal districts as it is the only hospital so far in the region having facilities to treat and test the dengue patients. There are no facilities at Nalco, NTPC and even at the district headquarters hospital to treat the dengue patients, which has gripped almost all parts of the district and Dhenkanal.

“Everyday as many as 500 fever patients are coming to outdoor and casualty from all parts of the district and beyond. There are hospitals of Nalco and NTPC as well as of Jindal. However, with the four doctors posted here, the patients’ footfall is difficult to manage. The staff shortage is acute here,” says a doctor.

“We are in shortage of nurses, technicians and even doctors to meet the surging demand. Many patients coming to hospital are not attended properly in time due to pre-occupation of doctors with dengue suspects,” said S.N. Mehrotra, chief medical officer of the MCL hospital."

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