Dengue continues to rage on in Phuentsholing

Dengue fever in Phuentsholing continues to rage on.

More than 40 cases are detected daily. The cases are however on the decline unlike in mid-August when more than 50 cases were detected daily. The lowest, eight cases, were detected on August 23.

Till date, dengue cases have reached 1,400 in Phuentsholing. A few cases might have gone undetected due to rush in the hospital. 468 cases were detected in July and 931 in August till last week.

There is a comparative decline but it is still rampant. Due to a number of activities being carried out by the hospital authorities, officials from Vector Borne Disease Control Program under the health ministry, Phuentsholing Thromde and Phuentsholing Drungkhag Administration, the number of cases has dropped. The department this month conducted mass cleaning across the Thromde along with sensitization and creating awareness. Also, the staff have created awareness among schools, bus stands and public places on the disease and its outbreak. Fogging is also done daily across the town and extended Thromdes, including Pasakha Industrial estate.

Without specific treatment for the disease, most of the cases are recovered without complications.  Fever, headache and body ache are common symptoms of the disease. 

Only one third of the cases get complicated if not treated on time. The patient enters critical period where the blood platelet level decreases and the risk of bleeding is high. Such patients are referred to Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu for blood platelet transfusion.Currently Phuentsholing General Hospital (PGH) does not have platelet transfusion facility.

When the case complicates the hospital transfuses blood  to patients, according to Dr. Kinley Gyeltshen.

So far, two have succumbed to the disease this month. One died at PGH while another who was referred died at JDWNRH. 

People have started resorting to medicines available across the border in Jaigaon. Each tablet costs Nu 50. So far, doctors have not prescribed the pills to the patients. 

PGH has added 14 additional staffs including two doctors at various departments to assist the staff treating the patients in PGH. They will be in the hospital until the patients are treated and no new cases are detected. 

The endemic disease in Phuentsholing is common in monsoon but this year it has spiraled beyond control. Dengue is expected to prevail till September. 

The hospital has also added eight beds at the emergency ward, borrowed hematology analyzer to count and identify blood cells at high speed and accuracy from JDWNRH.

 “With sensitization and mass cleaning, we are hopeful that the cases will decrease gradually,” Dr. Kinley Gyeltshen said.

Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing