OCTOBER 20: Determined to detect and prevent the outbreak of epidemics such as Dengue and Chikungunya, and expedite pre-emptive measures at early stages, the Health and Family Welfare Department today issued a set of fresh guidelines to the Indian Medical Association, Punjab and all private practitioners, directing them to report any suspected/confirmed cases of dengue to the Health Department immediately.
The step was taked to kick-start required remedial measures without any delay.
Rajiv Bhalla, Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab said the instructions to IMA, Punjab; all private hospitals; and private practitioners across the state have been issued on the direction of Health and Family Welfare Minister, Brahm Mohindra.
Reporting of all suspected/confirmed cases of dengue to the Health Department in real time has been made mandatory. Minister Brahm Mohindra believed that any scope of losing time in initiating remedial measures has to be ruled out for effective prevention. The affected areas will be kept under special watch, Bhalla added.
Giving details about the testing procedure for suspected patients at government hospitals,he said patients tested with RDKs (Rapid Diagnostic Kits) would not be declared as "confirmed cases" since it is not a recommended test.
All samples should be sent for ELISA test (to be made available free of cost) to District Hospitals for confirmation.
The private hospitals can log on to www.punjabnvbdcp.in and submit the case details online. Also, patients should be managed as per the Government of India guidelines available on www.punjabnvbdcp.in.
Patients, if not bleeding or not having platelets less than 20,000, may not be administered platelets but steps must be taken to stem any unnecessary scare from spreading. He said that Dengue is a notified disease and it is mandatory for every hospital and lab to inform the Department about any case of Dengue and Chikungunya.
The DHS said for any further information, the mobile app, "Dengue Free Punjab," can be downloaded free of cost from Google Play store.