Guwahati, Aug. 29: Dengue fever claimed another life in Guwahati today, taking the toll to three in Assam.
Roopjyoti Dewan, 54, succumbed to the disease early this morning at Down Town Hospitals here. Dewan’s wife, Loni, 50, too, had died of dengue on the night of August 26 at the same hospital.
Positive cases of dengue have been reported from different districts of the state as well. While 20 cases have been reported in Kamrup (metro) district, one person each has tested positive in Kamrup, Barpeta, Chirang, Goalpara, Nagaon, Morigaon and Sonitpur districts. However, according to health officials, dengue infection cases are mostly local in Kamrup (metro), while patients in other districts have picked up the disease during their travel to Guwahati or other places outside the state.
“So far 20 patients have tested positive for dengue in Kamrup (metro) district. But they do not include the three patients who lost their lives. Their blood samples have been sent for the non-structural protein 1 antigen test to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and we are yet to receive the results,” S. Choudhury, joint director of Kamrup (metro) district health services, said.
Since dengue leads to a drastic fall in a patient’s platelet count, there is a need for platelet transfusion since the patient may die from internal bleeding, if the process is not undertaken immediately. However, blood banks in most city hospitals do not have the facility to separate and store platelets.
“The GMCH, Dr B. Borooah Cancer Institute, International Hospital, Dispur Hospital and Ganga Blood Bank and Laboratory are the only facilities where blood banks are equipped with the advanced facility to separate and store platelets. Separation of blood products like platelets are allowed by the National AIDS Control Organisation (Naco) to advanced blood banks which fulfil certain criteria,” said Choudhury.
The health department is planning to set up four blood collection centres in Kamrup (metro) district to facilitate prompt testing of blood samples of suspected dengue patients. “We will set up blood collection centres in Capital State Dispensary at Dispur, first referral units at Dhirenpara and Pandu and a urban health centre at Hatigaon Chariali. People who suffer from dengue-like symptoms can give their blood samples in the four centres. The samples will be sent for testing at GMCH and the reports made available within a day. We may also post the reports on the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) website,” said an official source of NRHM, Assam.