Cuttack, Sep 14 :
A record number of 193 dengue patients were treated at the SCB Medical College and Hospital here with 48 fresh admissions on Friday, breaking all previous records.
With dengue showing no signs of abetting and an alarming rise in the number of patients afflicted with the mosquito borne virus, medical college authorities are planning to add another 50 beds to the dengue ward. A six-bedded high risk unit was opened on Friday for dengue patients within the trauma care unit of the hospital.
The situation is going out of control with each passing day and has left doctors attending on dengue patients at the SCB a worried lot. Patients are dying virtually on a daily basis in the premier hospital though the state government is wary of announcing the deaths. Sukanti Patra, a woman from Khurda area admitted to the hospital on September 10, died of the disease on Thursday. Thirty two dengue positive patients have succumbed to the disease at the SCB Medical College and Hospital here by Thursday, sources said. The state government, however, has admitted the death of only five so far – all of them last month.
Out of 8,218 blood samples examined at the hospital, 2,178 have tested dengue positive and of 1,649 patients admitted to the dengue ward, 1,456 have been discharged by Thursday.
While Cuttack district has reported the highest number of dengue positive cases (1099), the situation in Jajpur district is equally grim. Out of the 193 dengue patients undergoing treatment at the SCB, 50 are from Jajpur, 34 from Angul, 25 from Cuttack, 20 from Dhenkanal, 18 from Khurda, 13 from Baleswar and 6 from Jagatsinghpur. Out of the 19 children admitted to the dengue ward till Thursday, 12 are boys and seven girls.
The mosquito-borne disease has spread to 26 of the state’s 30 districts.