n Survey conducted in 22 hospitals
Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) health officer today urged the citizens not to panic as the city is safe from dreaded dengue disease as 22 hospitals (big and medium) witnessing heavy rush of patients daily, confirmed that there is not a single patient undergoing treatment for this disease.
As reported earlier, sensation prevailed in the city after the corporator (Gulmandi ward) Preeti Totla claimed that she was suffering from dengue. She also said that there was a rise in mosquito density due to heaps of garbage in her ward.
Refuting her allegations, the AMC health officer Dr Jaishree Kulkarni said," I personally conducted a survey of patients suffering from fever in the private hospitals where the corporator is undergoing treatment. There is no patient. There is nothing to worry, as the situation is under control. Meanwhile, the section had sent her blood sample for bacterial examination test at the special government laboratory set up at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). I am expecting to receive the report by tomorrow."
There are two tests to detect the fever. The test IGm indicates fever contradicted by the patient in the past, while IGg states current status of fever. Accordingly, Totla's IGm is positive (as she had suffered from dengue-like fever in the past) and IGg is negative.
According to sources, the GMCH conducts enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test for confirmation of dengue in its laboratory on every Monday in a kit comprising 8 samples. If the samples are less, then the test is delayed.
Hence GMCH was reluctant in doing the test. However, on request from AMC, GMCH agreed to conduct the test of a single sample. It is learnt that the GMCH had received almost four samples in the past two months, but all of them tested negative.