Prayagraj reports 872 dengue cases so far; CMO assures no shortage of platelets in blood banks

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Prayagraj reports 872 dengue cases so far

A total of 872 patients suffering from dengue were admitted in government hospitals in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj till Friday, informed Nanak Saran, Chief Medical Officer.

Commenting on the situation, Saran said, “Out of the total cumulative cases reported, 628 patients come from urban areas whereas the rest 244 are reported from rural areas.”

He also assured that there is no shortage of platelets in blood banks in the district.

The Chief Medical Officer also informed that no casualty has been reported in the district due to dengue. 

43% Delhi-NCR residents say someone in their family or close network impacted by dengue: Survey

Meanwhile, a recent survey by a digital community-based platform has found that 43 per cent of Delhi-NCR residents have someone in their family or close network who has been impacted by dengue this year.

Since mid-August, several residents of Delhi-NCR have reported on LocalCircles that they have someone in the family with symptoms of dengue like high fever, fatigue and joint pain.

The survey, which received close to 15,000 responses, stated that 57 per cent respondents from Ghaziabad have someone they know who has been impacted by dengue followed by Delhi with 45 per cent, Noida with 44 per cent, Faridabad with 40 per cent, and 29 per cent in Gurgaon.

It said 10 per cent of Delhi-NCR respondents have “four or more individuals” in their family or close network impacted by the viral disease.

Also 19 per cent said they have “two to three individuals”, and 15 per cent said only “one individual” has been affected in their family.

The majority of 53 per cent of Delhi-NCR residents surveyed said no one has been infected, and 3 per cent could not say about the same. On an aggregate basis, 43 per cent of the respondents said they have someone in their family or close local social network who has been impacted by dengue this year.

“LocalCircles, which also hosts the largest voluntary blood assistance network of Delhi-NCR, has seen over 100 per cent increase in blood platelet requests week-over-week for last six weeks,” said Sachin Taparia, founder, LocalCircles.

“The findings indicate that dengue is badly impacting not just Delhi, but all NCR cities, suggesting authorities’ immediate intervention to control and mitigate the spread as well as deploy additional healthcare capacity,” he said.

In a survey conducted by LocalCircles in August, 70 per cent of respondents had said their municipalities were not conducting anti-mosquito fogging or doing it very rarely.

(With inputs from agencies)

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