SKIMS Soura offers facilities for Dengue testing in Kashmir

1150 cases of Dengue in J&K: Govt
SKIMS Soura offers facilities for Dengue testing in Kashmir
SKIMS SouraFile/ GK

Srinagar, Nov 6: Amid rising cases of dengue, SKIMS Soura today said it was well equipped to provide service of detection of the viral infection.

The Directorate of Health Services on Friday issued a statement that it was exploring the options to start Dengue testing facilities available in its hospitals. SKIMS Soura today announced that it was well equipped to detect the viral infection.

Head department of Microbiology at SKIMS Soura, Dr Bashir Ahmed Fomda said the Institute had the infrastructure for Dengue, Chikanguniya and Zika virus testing with ELISA, PCR and Rapid Kits too.

“We have communicated this to Director Health Services Kashmir and Epidemiologist J&K,” he said. The Health Services had said that it would tie up with private laboratories to expedite detection of cases in absence of a laboratory in the Government sector.

Epidemiologist J&K, Dr Talat Ghani said that most of the patients with dengue in Kashmir were admitted to SKIMS Medical College Hospital and authorities were “better informed” about SKIMS Soura testing facilities.

Meanwhile, 51 people were found to be infected with Dengue virus in Jammu division on Saturday, bringing the cumulative tally of the vector-borne disease in the division to 1131, and cumulative of J&K to 1150.

At present nine laboratories in the Jammu division are testing samples for Dengue, official data of J&K Government said. These laboratories are located in GMC Jammu, District Hospitals of Kathua, Udhampur, Samba, Poonch, Rajouri, Doda and Sarwal and Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar. In addition, the Dengue tests are also being carried out in private hospitals. Till data, the data revealed, 1131 samples in Jammu division have been found to be infected with Dengue virus, of the 3788 samples tested. Of these, 440 were in Jammu district alone while 100 were in Kathua and 66 more in Samba.

In addition, 21 people in the Kashmir division, all having a history of travel outside of the division, have been found to have Dengue, taking the cumulative count of cases in J&K to 1050. Most of the infected cases are adults, while 69 are under 15 years of age.

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