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Dengue diktat ignored
- Civil surgeon asks hospitals to furnish patient lists

Bokaro, Oct. 25: Bokaro civil surgeon Pramod Kumar is threatening to take action against more than two dozen district hospitals and prominent nursing homes for not keeping his office informed about the number of dengue patients they were treating, a procedure mandated to help the district administration control the spread of the dreaded disease.

In the last six weeks or so, 29 dengue cases have been detected in Bokaro and Bermo. One patient is known to have succumbed to the disease.

Today, Kumar despatched warning letters to several prominent nursing homes and hospitals in Bokaro steel city and Bermo, including K.M. Memorial Hospital, Muskan Nursing Home, Shivam Nursing Home, Sai Nursing Home, CCL-run hospitals of Dhori and Kargali, besides Bokaro Thermal Power Station Hospital.

In his letter, Kumar has given these hospitals three days time to comply with the directive or else face action as per state government norms.

“Non-compliance by hospitals and nursing homes is a matter of gross indiscipline and action will be taken if my office does not receive lists of patients within the next 72 hours,” Kumar said.

Earlier, the civil surgeon’s office had reminded all hospitals about the directives on the express instructions of former deputy commissioner Nitin Kulkarni on 26 September.

But, other than Bokaro General Hospital, which provided names of 13 patients who received treatment there _ one person died _ none of the other institutes followed the directive.

Among those who were treated for dengue at Bokaro general Hospital were K. Johnson of Sector XII, Mithilesh Kumar, Alpana, Ajay Kumar, Santosh Pradhan, R.D Ram, G.Ansari, Shweta Kumari, V.Sateyndra and S. Kumar.

Mohammad A.Alam was the lone patient who died.

The civil surgeon’s office has despatched a medical team led by S.S.P. Singh to Sector IX and XII, Rani Pokhar, Ramdih and other adjacent areas to prepare a first-hand report of the ground situation in these areas and advice local residents about the need to take certain precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

Kumar clarified that although the number of dengue patients was relatively high in the region, most of the patients contracted the virus from outside _ either other regions of the state or from neighbouring Bihar.

For example, Gaurinath Parasad, a resident of Ramdih More of Bokaro city, was working as a driver in Jamshedpur. He came home to Bokaro for treatment after he fell ill there.

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