Dengue in Delhi: ‘No shortage of platelets’

New Delhi: As number of dengue cases rose to
1370, Delhi Government today asked citizens not to panic and
said there was no shortage of platelets in any of its
designated hospitals offering treatment to the people affected
by the vector-borne disease.

Health Minister Kiran Walia said the city government was
prepared to treat any number of dengue affected patients as
adequate infrastructures have been put in place in all the
major hospitals.

The capital reported a fresh dengue death and 75 new
cases today, taking the total number of patients to 1370.

"There is no shortage of platelets in any of the Delhi
Government hospitals. All the major hospitals have enough
quantity of platelets," Walia said when asked about reports of
shortage of platelets in many city hospitals including in

Dengue affected patients need transfusion of additional
platelets as their platelet count in blood go down depending
on severity of the disease.

She said new machines have been bought by several
hospitals to segregate platelets from blood.

"We have installed new machines in Malvya Nagar hospital,
Deen Dayal Upadhaya hospital, Rao Tula Ram hospital, Lok Nayak
hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, Ambedkar hospital and Lal
Bahadur Shastri hospital," she said.

Walia, who visited Games village and many other areas
to inspect the drive to kill mosquitoes and their larvae, said
no Delhi government hospital has sent back any patient without
offering treatment.

Noting that there was no need to panic as the dengue
strain in circulation was not virulent, Walia said cleaning
drive has also been launched in various hospitals also to
ensure that mosquito breeding sites are destroyed.

Asked about spread of the disease at a time when
Commonwealth Games are just 26 days away, she said "all
necessary efforts are being taken to contain the disease."


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