Dehradun, October 30
Despite a fall in temperature, dengue cases continue to be reported in the state. Principal Secretary (Health), Department of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Ranvir Singh said: " A total of 80 positive cases of dengue have been reported in Uttarakhand - 11 in Dehradun, 57 in Haridwar, seven in Nainital and five in Udham Singh Nagar.

Most of these confirmed cases have been reported from urban areas. We have also taken blood samples from the rural areas and are awaiting confirmatory reports."
Although two deaths due to dengue have been reported from private hospitals, the Department of Health and Family Welfare is refuting this. "Private hospitals have not informed us about these deaths," said Dr CP Arya, DG, Health and Family Welfare.
Arya said the arrangements of platelets had already been made at Doon Hospital, HIHT, Sushila Tiwari Medical College, Haldwani, Sri Guru Ram Rai Hospital, and the Indian Medical Association Blood Bank (IMA). He said so far 10 per cent of the patients under treatment for dengue required platelets therapy.
Later, while chairing a review meeting on dengue and expressing concern at some of the cases from neighbouring UP towns being referred to Dehradun, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna directed Health Minister Surinder Singh Negi to hold talks with the UP Health Minister on this issue so that joint preventive measures could be taken against the spread of the disease.

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