Nepal | January 24, 2020

Lack of dengue test kit creates difficulty in patient treatment

Dinesh Kumar Shrestha

JAJARKOT: District Hospital, Jajarkot said that lack of dengue test kit in the district has created a hurdle in the quick response and treatment of patients who might have been infected with the mosquito-borne disease.

“The dengue fever which has taken the whole nation in its grip has a chance of spreading in the district, which cannot be confirmed in lack of proper examination tools,” says Dr Bhupendra Prakash Malla of the District Hospital. He added that some of the patients visiting the hospital are showing symptoms of dengue. However, without confirmation, there is a problem in providing appropriate treatment to them.

The locals are living in fear of dengue outbreak in the district, which has seen untimely deaths of people due to various epidemics before, informed Keshab Jung Shah, a civil society leader.

According to Gaurav Dhakal, chief at Health Office, Jajarkot, they will ask Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in the capital to provide a dengue test kit for the 50-bed district hospital. Dhakal added that the locals might be suffering from viral fever, not dengue, and that they should not be worried unnecessarily since the mosquitoes have less effect in the district due to its geography.

He added that they would carry out extensive awareness programme about dengue and if the infection is detected in the district, they would coordinate with the local government to minimise its damage.

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