Despite the Tamil Nadu state government efforts to control the vector-borne disease, dengue, the number of dengue cases this year has also only risen. The city has registered around 131 cases of dengue this year and as per the records, more than 7,000 cases have observed.
On Saturday, three children died in the hospitals. The victims have been identified as 6-year-old Sanjana from Nellore, 3-year-old Joy Benita from Ambattur and 6-year-old Divya, also from Ambattur.
Due to low platelet counts, Sanjana was being treated at the Egmore Children's Hospital, while Joy Benita was admitted to the Kilpauk Hospital a few days ago.
Dean Dr. Ravi Chandran said, “The girl was referred from a private hospital in Chennai in a state of shock and was admitted to the hospital and survived for 12 hours.”
Amidst rising dengue cases, the health secretary has requested patients to go for checkup doctor if the fever persists and emphasized that measures should be taken to control dengue and ensure that there was no stagnating water in their homes or nearby areas. He also appealed to people to take their children to government hospitals.
According to the health secretary, the government hospitals are well-equipped to handle the dengue and appealed to people to take their children to government hospitals.
Although the state health department claims that they are taking effective measures to control the spread of diseases and has made an allocation of 13.95 crore for control measures but due to the paucity of staff and facilities at Primary Health Centers (PHCs), the city is unable to emerge from the challenge for doctors in the treatment of the fever and dengue patients.
“While the pediatric ward needs at least 6 doctors, there are only 3, making it difficult to render services round the clock. Our first concern is lack of staff and then machinery, as enough staff is needed to use them,” said a staff at Pediatric ward at PHC in West Mambalam.