Kota: Dengue has slowly started taking Kota in its grip. In the past seven days, 10 dengue cases have already been reported, the health department official figures revealed. But, the health authorities count only those cases which are tested positive for dengue through Elisa test. Besides, many cases are tested positive for dengue through rapid test card in private hospitals.
The health department has claimed that the situation is under control. "In comparison to last year, the cases are not much. We are alert. This year, so far 43 dengue cases have been reported. In past seven days, 10 cases were reported," chief medical health officer (Kota) Dr R N Yadav said.
Kota received heavy rainfall recently which has created favourable conditions for mosquito breeding. The health department has started conducting anti-larvae activities near schools and coaching centres along with other high risk areas. Taking note of the situation, district administration has directed private hospitals not to charge more than Rs 500 for dengue test.
Patients with dengue are continuously pouring in at MBS hospital. Besides dengue, the hospitals are reporting patients with malaria and high grade fever in large numbers. Dr Yadav said the private hospitals of Kota can charge only Rs 500 for dengue test. They have also been directed to send the name of patients with their mobile numbers and the area to which they belong.
The health department has set up a control room at CMHO Kota office. Besides, it has directed all private and government hospitals to send daily reports of deaths due to dengue with details to the control room. The health department also claimed that no death had been reported due to dengue.