17 tested positive for dengue in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad: As many as 17 people have tested positive for dengue sparking concern among health authorities in the district, an official said.

Out of a total 76 suspected dengue patients, 17 have been tested positive, District Malaria officer Gyanendra Mishra said.

Isolation wards have been set up at district hospital of Sanjay Nagar and MMG Hospital with a capacity of 10 beds each, he said.

The health department has directed all private hospitals, nursing homes for sending blood reports of dengue cases detected in their laboratories at government hospital laboratories for cross checking.

Advising people not to panic in case of fever, Mishra said that blood transfusion is mandated when platelet count is below 20,000 and platelet stock is readily available at both the district government hospitals.

He said the health department of Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam and other civic bodies in the district have been directed by Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Ajay Aggarwal to launch mosquito fogging for a month from September 1.