Slight drop in dengue admissions at LRH

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

 The Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children (LRH) yesterday said the hospital had treated over 3,500 dengue patients from the beginning of the year to date.

LRH Director Dr. Ratnasiri Hewage said that 489 of them had suffered from dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). The dengue death toll at the hospital within the period had been 15, he said.

A majority of the patients who suffered DHF were from Colombo and its surrounding areas. However, most patients that succumbed to the mosquito borne disease were from various parts of the country.

There had been only a little improvement in the number of cases from last year when 3,722 were recorded and 490 of them suffered from DHF. The number of deaths recorded was 14.

The LRH Chief said that patients suffering with fever for more than three days should have a full blood count test done as soon as possible.

Dengue symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and characteristic skin blotches. It is usually a small number of patients with dengue who develop DHF. A dengue patient should be monitored to ensure that she/he does not develop DHF.

Dr. Hewage stressed that timely action was all that was necessary. The patient did not even have to be admitted to the ICU if timely treatment was obtained, he added.


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