In spite of various precautionary measures taken, cases of dengue continue to affect more people in Coimbatore. People getting admitted at various hospitals with fever are also going up worsening the situation.
Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH), the only tertiary level Government hospital in the Coimbatore district, alone handled 1,319 dengue in-patient (IP) cases in August which is the highest volume in a month in the last several years. CMCH is handling the highest number of fever and dengue cases.
Apart from Coimbatore natives, dengue patients at CMCH include those referred from Tirupur, Erode and the Nilgiris. According to hospital authorities, some patients referred by private hospitals were brought to CMCH in critical condition.
After the surge in August, dengue cases had declined in September. But more than five persons died of fever and dengue symptoms in October. However, Director of Public Health K. Kolandasamy said that “cases are under control in Coimbatore and the situation is being reviewed”.
In the meantime, relatives of fever and dengue patients have alleged that fever and dengue wards lack adequate control measures. “Patients are getting bitten by mosquitoes inside the dengue ward,” said a relative of a patient who spoke on Monday.
Sources at the hospital said that two postgraduate medical students of CMCH are affected by dengue and undergoing treatment.
On Monday, District Collector T.N. Hariharan called a review meeting on dengue which was attended by officials from the Health Department and block development officers.