Elisa test must to confirm dengue cases: District administration

Jun 8, 2017

MYSURU: In line with Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (KPME) Act, the district health department will take stringent action against private hospitals, including their seizure, if they confirm dengue without doing the Elisa test. The district administration has formed Urban Task Force Committee to take up surveillance in urban and rural areas from June 10 to 30.

“Some private practitioners are creating panic among people. Without doing the Elisa test, which is mandatory to confirm dengue cases,they are declaring viral fever as suspected dengue, and in some cases, they even confirm it as dengue. Though there are 71 confirmed dengue cases in the district, including 42 in the city, there is no documented dengue death in the district this year. Patients of the confirmed cases have been discharged from hospitals. Some cases can also be treated without getting the patient hospitalized,” said D Randeep.

The DC was speaking after holding a meeting with officers from different departments like health, corporation, DDPI, women and child, and DDPU, to take stock of dengue and chikungunya cases in the district. Executive officers from all the seven taluks attended the meeting. The authorities have also identified four high-risk areas, including Mahadevapura Slum Board Colony and Shabirnagar in Hunsur.

 District health officer Dr B Basavaraj said: “Without doing the Elisa test, some private labs and hospitals are confirming dengue. They just do a screening test called NS 1 rapid test, which is non-specific. Elisa test is conducted only at the district health department free of cost. After people go to private practitioners for a cure from fever, the latter, without proper test, are confirming it as dengue. This is creating panic and confusion among people. I have sent messages to doctors, directing them that they should confirm dengue only after the Elisa test. To address the problem, I have also convened a meeting with private hospitals on Thursday. According to KPME Act, action will be taken against doctors who violate laws while confirming dengue cases.”
Meanwhile, jail authorities have requested MCC to fumigate the premises of Mysuru Central Prison which houses around 1,300 inmates in the wake of reports of denguefever in the city.