The BBMP’s Health Department has issued a warning to private hospitals for circulating reports on dengue cases and creating panic among people.
“We have told private hospitals from the beginning that they cannot release any reports regarding dengue fever without informing the Health Department. They are not following guidelines. The BBMP cannot be held responsible for false reports of private hospitals as we have a government machinery which is authorised to test and give a correct report,” Chief Health Officer (CHO) Devaki Umesh said.
The department claimed that the dengue cases have come down in the city. A detailed report is prepared, it will be released on Friday, sources said.
Devaki claimed that the vector-borne disease in city limits has decreased to 10 per cent. “The private hospitals are giving wrong statistics and creating panic among people. We will take action against such hospitals,” she said.
National Institute of Virology, Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital and NIMHANS are a few institutions which are certified to issue dengue reports, she stressed.
The reports by private hospitals on dengue have been publicised despite guidelines given that only Health Department, the BBMP and other government institutions are authorised to issue such reports, she claimed.
However, District Malaria Officer and In-charge of vector- borne diseases, C E Ravipraksh said, “The cases in Bangalore District remain the same as last month. Only 163 confirmed cases and 4 death cases have been reported from January till date.”