Action against private hospitals confirming dengue without Elisa test
Mysuru: According to Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (KPME) Act, the district health department will take stringent action against the private hospitals including seizure of such establishments if they confirm dengue without doing Elisa test. District administration has formed the Urban Task Force Committee to take up surveillance in urban and rural areas from June 10 to 30.
“The private practitioners are creating panic among people. Without doing Elisa test which is mandatory to confirm the disease, some hospitals are diagnosing viral fever as suspected dengue and in some cases they even confirm it. Though there are 71 confirmed dengue cases across the district including 42 cases in city, there is no documented dengue death across the district this year. All the confirmed dengue cases have been discharged from hospital. Some of the dengue cases can even be treated without getting admitted to hospital”, added Deputy Commissioner D Randeep who held a meeting with health and other departments including Corporation, DDPI, Women and Child Welfare and DDPU to take stock of dengue and Chikungunya cases. The executive officers from all the seven taluks also attended the meeting. The authorities have also identified four high risk areas including Mahadevapura Slum Board Colony and Shabirnagar in Hunsur.
Dr. B Basavaraj, District Health Officer, said, “Private labs and hospitals without Elisa test are confirming dengue by just doing the screening test that is also called NS 1 rapid test which is non specific. The Elisa test is conducted only at district health department free of cost. When people approach the private practitioners with severe fever, the latter without proper tests are confirming it as dengue and creating lot of problems. To the entire doctors group I have sent a message stating that they should confirm dengue only after Elisa test. To address the problem, I have also convened a meeting with private hospitals on June 8. According to KPME Act, action will be taken against those private practitioners who violate laws by confirming dengue case without proper Elisa test”.