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Dengue on its way out of Ranchi

Ranchi, Oct. 10: Dengue finally seems to be on its way out of the capital.

Doctors at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) heaved a sigh of relief today as the number of dengue patients undergoing treatment fell to 13 after peaking at 30 on October 7.

As many as 17 patients were released over the past two days from the RIMS isolation ward. Now, two rooms of the ward have been closed and the remaining patients are in a single room.

A nurse at the isolation ward said the last person to be released from the unit was Subodh Kumar Barnwal (26), a resident of Saria in Giridih. According to another nurse, during last three days 18 patients have been released from the institute while only one new patient has been admitted.

"Most patients were released on October 8. One patient, Rita Devi (26) from Garhwa, was admitted last night," the nurse said.

RIMS superintendent M.K. Roy said the hospital expected to release all dengue patients within 10 to 15 days. "Once the weather cools, it will be difficult for the disease-spreading mosquitoes to survive," he said.

Roy added that the disease could be controlled by cleaning drains and getting rid of stagnant water. "The district administration should take measures to check the disease in future," he said.

So far, 82 dengue patients have been treated at RIMS since early September. No one has died of the disease in the capital. source-telegraphindia.com

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