BHOPAL : As many as 22 new cases of Dengue were reported on Wednesday. The samples that tested positive were examined in laboratories of GMC ( 3), JP ( 11) and Malaria department ( 8).

The CMHO held a meeting with doctors at Kolar to discuss the spread of the diseases and the means to combat it.

Dengue is not only proving to be a danger for life but also a big financial burden for many families. The private hospitals in the city are flooded with dengue patients.

The toll of dengue affected patients in the city has crossed the 300 mark. Many patients are coming to city from neighbouring districts for treatment.

Most of the middle class and upper class patients infected by the dengue virus are being admitted to the private hospitals. There is a strong possibility that many of these cases are not being reported to the CMHO office.

Recently in a study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene it was said that India may be grossly under reporting dengue cases.

The report stated that during the period 2006- 12 there were an average of nearly 6 million dengue cases annually – 282 times the annual average of 20,474 cases reported by the ministry of health. According to the joint study by the INCLEN Trust, ICMR, the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare and Brandeis University in Massachusetts, ” the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme captures only 0.35 per cent of the clinically diagnosed dengue cases in India.” Dengue is also leaving the patients with severe financial crisis as the treatment cost of these hospitals is in thousands of rupees per day. Majority of the patients admitted to these private hospitals belonging to the lower middle and middle class are going through a crucial time in this festive season arranging for huge finances.

It is also seen that dengue is affecting more than one person from a single family making things much harder.

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