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Oct. 6: To cope with the growing number of dengue patients, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has added more beds in its isolation ward, while in Jamshedpur, the number of patients undergoing treatment stood at 26.

An RIMS, there are 22 dengue patients under treatment at present. Initially, the hospital's isolation ward opened with 14 beds on September 8, when the first patient was admitted.

Since then, the hospital has treated 71 dengue patients, of whom 49 have been discharged.

The ward has now been provided with 24 beds. While 14 beds are at one place, 10 beds have been accommodated in two other rooms.

The number of nurses attending on dengue patients has also been increased. There were only three nurses in the beginning, now there are eight.

"Patients are coming from different parts of the state. Till September 28, the space available to us was sufficient to accommodate the number of cases we had. But after that, the rush has only increased. When the number of patients crossed 18 on October 2, we started increasing the number of beds," a nurse said.

RIMS director A.K. Mahto confirmed the development and said more beds would be added if the situation so demanded.

He claimed there was adequate quantity of platelets available at the RIMS blood bank, as were necessary kits to identify dengue cases. "Those admitted are recovering within a week and fortunately we have not had any casualties at our institute so far," he said.

He added there was no reason to panic as dengue was a self-limiting disease. "The role of the doctor is limited to providing symptomatic treatment," he said.

Some patients undergoing treatment at the institute, however, complained that they had to depend on private labs for pathological tests advised by doctors as the facilities were not available at the hospital. They added that barring a few saline bottles, they had to buy all medicines from outside. Asked about the same, RIMS superintendent M.K. Roy said the matter would be looked into.

In Jamshedpur, where two persons have died of dengue so far, district health department sources said 155 cases of the fever have been reported till now.

At present, 26 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. The cases have been reported Sakchi, Kitadih, Agrico, Sonari, Adityapur, Jugsalai, Kadma, Telco and Parsudih. Patients have also come in from Rajnagar and Ichagarh in Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

Surveillance officer for communicable diseases, Swarn Singh, revealed that the civil surgeon's office has been taking preventive measures to check the spread of dengue by spraying pesticides at possible mosquito-breeding sites.

In Ranchi too, health department officials have been asked to be vigilant. source-.telegraphindia.com 

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