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Dengue wards reopen at SCB

Cuttack: SCB Medical College and Hospital has opened its special dengue ward due to the increasing reports of dengue cases.

The ward was closed in December after the number of patients decreased.

The special dengue ward was made operational on Monday following instructions from the health department after more than 78 cases were reported in various parts of the state in June, a source in health care facility said.

Last year, cases of dengue had been reported from 28 of Odisha's 30 districts.

Districts in coastal Odisha such as Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Puri districts had accounted for over 85 per cent of these cases.

While eight people died, 2,315 dengue patients were cured and discharged after treatment.

The 100-bed capacity special ward has been increased keeping in view the large turnout of dengue patients last year.

"The special dengue unit at the hospital now has the capacity to accommodate 150 patients. Besides, we are ready with eight ICU beds," said Dr Sriprasad Mohanty, assistant nodal officer for treatment of dengue cases.

"Arrangements for free blood tests and emergency treatment have been made for patients suffering from dengue," Mohanty said.

"At the casualty and outdoor departments, patients with suspected dengue symptoms are being thoroughly checked for referring to the special ward without delay," he added.

He said since Monday, 15 samples had been tested at the hospital and all were found to be negative.

For monitoring and supervision of the cases, head of the medicine department P.K. Padhi had been appointed as the head of the dengue ward with C.B.K. Mohanty as nodal officer and Bhubanananda Moharana as co-ordinator.

Mohanty said water in air coolers, water pots in puja rooms and water containers behind refrigerators should be changed and cleaned every day. Waste containing water should be removed as well.

The Aedes aegypti, the mosquito which spreads dengue, breeds in clean water.

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