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Pvt blood banks asked to give platelets for free

Assuring that they have adequate supply of blood and platelets with them, the city government said that it will ensure that there is no shortage of beds during the outbreak. 

“Private blood banks have been requested to give platelets for free. If they can’t then they should provide it at nominal rates. We are also strengthening diagnostic facilities in the hospitals,” Charan Singh, Additional Director, Public Health and Waterborne Diseases Control, Directorate of Health Services, said. 

The move comes in the wake of a municipal report claiming that nearly 30 cases of dengue have been reported till last week this year, the highest number for the period in the last six years. Singh also said that the Delhi government was implementing new guidelines issued by the Centre. “All the beds have been identified and marked for dengue patients so that there is no crisis,” he said. At present, there are 34 government hospitals offering diagnosis and treatment facility for dengue patients. 

“The health department is all geared up to deal with the cases of dengue. Regular trainings and sensitisation workshops are being organised by the health officials for the domestic breed checkers,” Singh said. The government is also trying to ensure that a 24-hour diagnosis facility is provided at government centers besides free of cost transportation of the patients. As a part of the awareness campaigns, the health department plans to rope in school children for its dengue control activities. 

“We are conducting various awareness campaigns among the students through the medium of literature to make them aware about the disease and preventive measures. Even doctors have been trained to do counseling of patients and avoid panic in case of body pain or high fever,” Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Amar Nath, said. 
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