Kolkata: Doctors worried over late-Nov dengue cases
Times of India | 25 November 2021
KOLKATA: Dengue and malaria continue to sting Kolkata and the suburbs even at the fag end of November with hospitals still receiving a good number of patients with the vector-borne diseases.
Health experts said cases will continue till the mercury settles down to around 15°C and below. Health officials said vector-control measures are being conducted by local civic bodies.
“The number of patients admitted for dengue and malaria treatment in our hospital is higher than what was in early-November. Right now, we have 13 such patients, including a one-year-old child. We had only about five-six patients at the beginning of November,” said Subhashis Datta, chief general manager (operations) at Ruby Hospitals.
While some hospitals have more dengue patients, others have a higher malaria patient count. TOI had on November 7 reported on how the dengue patient count was fast catching up with the Covid-19 patient count in many city hospitals.
“We have seen a sharp increase in the number of malaria patients recently. Ten days ago, we had just two patients admitted with malaria but the figure went up to eight for the last three days. Currently, there are five patients admitted. In the same period, the number of dengue patients have fallen from 14 to 10. There has been a dip in the number of Covid patients too, from 18 to 13,” said Rupali Basu, managing director & CEO, Woodlands Multispeciality Hospital.
“Water accumulation from untimely rain/prolonged monsoon must have provided good breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Once the temperature slides below 15°C, we should get a respite from these vector-borne diseases,” said infectious diseases specialist Yogiraj Ray.
Apart from Kolkata, city hospitals are also getting patients from neighbouring South and North 24 Parganas. Several localities under Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation and South Dum Dum Municipality areas like Lake Town, Bangur Avenue and Baguiati have reported numerous cases over the last fortnight.
“Last year, the number of dengue and malaria cases was low. We are getting a higher number of cases this year. We now have six dengue and one malaria patient. Now that the monsoon is over and winter is about to set in, the number of patients affected by vector-borne diseases should go down,” said Sudipta Mitra, CEO of Peerless Hospital.
Even as civic bodies have activated vector-control measures, health experts said we should take protective measures on a personal level. “With mosquito-borne diseases on the rise, we should use guard against mosquito bites by using mosquito nets, repellents and wearing clothes that cover our arms and legs,” Basu said.