Medical Department goofs up on dengue figures

Jaipur: In a shocking disclosure, on Wednesday, the medical department headquarter of the state said that zero deaths from dengue were reported this year till date.

However, when First India reached SMS Hospital and investigated, it found that six deaths due to dengue were registered till date at the hospital itself. This clearly underlines the communication gap or rather irresponsible behaviour of the departmental officers who are getting ‘confused’ over the number of deaths due to dengue.

On one side, dengue is gripping the state while on the other, medical officials are trying to cover up the issues. Though huge sums are being spent to curb dengue’s effect, government agencies seem to have no coordination when it comes to presenting data of affected people.

As per the headquarter figures, 2,435 positive cases were registered in Rajasthan but no casualty was reported. Jaipur had the maximum count of 1,084 whereas Kota posted second highest number of 307.

However, SMS Hospital in Jaipur is registering 15-20 new cases of dengue daily and till now, it has recorded 380 positive cases including six deaths.

When First India team investigated deeply, it was found that officials who are in field do not have proper centre guidelines with them.

In the Central guidelines, it has been clearly stated that a patient can only be termed positive with dengue when the ELISA Test is positive. However, field officers are still reporting positive on the basis of the NS1 test, which could be a reason for the confusion in the number of dengue deaths.

The officers said that the report will be taken from the SMS Hospital today itself to know the gap.

Despite Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma taking constant feedback and closely monitoring the impact of seasonal diseases in the state, such errors by officers only bring a bad name to the department.

The responsible officials of both the bodies sighted contradictory statements on the dengue deaths. This is not the right time to have such goof-ups, instead, the department needs to be more cautious with better communication between the two government agencies.