June 12 – The local incidence of dengu has grown alarmingly at Dharan in Sunsari district as 89 new dengu patients were detected today pushing the number of dengu patients in Dharan to 457 so far this summer.
The new cases of patients contracting this mosquito-borne disease were detected after a blood test was conducted. So far blood test was conducted among the 1,400 people in the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS).
Sunsari constituency no 1 parliamentarian Jaya Kumar Rai reached the Dharan-based BPKIHS and discussed with BPKIHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Raj Kumar Rauniyar, Director Dr Gaurishankar Shah, and Assistant Director Dr Bikash Shah among others regarding dengu outbreak and its prevention.
Vice-Chancellor Rauniar said that since the BPKIHS had a specialist on dengu, there was no issue in treatment of patients contracting this infectious disease. He shared that correspondence was made with a hospital in the USA for providing a machine which classifies dengu serotypes.
Assistant Director at the BPKIHS Dr Shah urged parliamentarian Rai to declare Dharan a dengu-epidemic area.
The government of province no 1 had allocated Rs 5 million for the free treatment of dengu patients in the current fiscal year while the Chief Minister Sher Dhan Rai yesterday announced an additional Rs 3 million for its prevention.

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