A general hospital in Gurgaon has installed a platelet separator machine in order to meet the rising number of dengue in the city. The machine will dispense platelet packets to patients in exchange of blood whose donor they will have to bring. For a platelet packet, private hospitals usually charge Rs 15,000 - 20,000.
Everyone in the district were advised to adopt precautionary measures to prevent the breeding of dengue-carrying female Aedes mosquitoes by the administration. Aedes mosquitoes have been found in large numbers in and around Wazirabad and other Gurgaon villages, according to a report submitted by the district health authorities to deputy commissioner T L Satyaprakash.
"Though measures are being taken to kill the larva, people need to be vigilant. There is no need for panic, but people need to be careful. According to health authorities, 47 cases of dengue have been reported in Gurgaon district till now," he said.
"I also appeal to people to take steps to prevent accumulation of water in their houses and offices. It's everybody's responsibility to be aware of the causes of the disease and to educate others," he said.
Also Satyaprakash requested private schools to co-operate with health authorities and allow them to enter school premises whenever their team visits. Two days ago a 16-year-old boy, a resident of Farukhnagar near Gurgaon, suffering from dengue fever died at a private hospital. Over 150 suspected mosquito-borne disease patients are waiting for test reports.