Dengue outbreak in Chandigarh: Hospitals face challenge of high platelets’ demand
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Chandigarh: Demand for blood platelets has shot up at government hospitals in Chandigarh amid the rapid spread of dengue across the tricity. To meet the rising demand, the hospital authorities are requesting residents to donate blood and platelets. Dr Sudhir Garg, medical superintendent at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, said, “With dengue cases rising, more and more patients suffering from fever are getting admitted to the hospital every day. The severe dengue patients require platelets and on average, 40 bags of platelets are being used every day. Besides, 25 units of single-donor platelets, also known as aphaeresis platelets, are required per day.” As many as 193 fresh cases of dengue infection surfaced in the tricity on Sunday, with Mohali continuing to be the worst-hit city with 143 cases. Also, 29 infections were reported from Chandigarh and 21 from Panchkula.
In 2021, 1,554 infections have been reported from Mohali, 394 from Chandigarh and 318 from Panchkula. As many as 12 people have succumbed to the disease in Mohali, but no fatalities have been reported from Chandigarh and Panchkula.