HDUs to be introduced to hospitals

Published : 11:48 am  May 12, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (1155) reads | 

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By Piyumi Fonseka
New High Dependency Units (HDUs) would be established in hospitals as a counter measure for the anticipated  rise in dengue due to the widespread rains.
The number of cases reported during the last four months had increased in the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), the area where the northern and southern hemispheric winds meet.
The National Dengue Control Unit said 13, 423 patients infected with dengue had been reported and that 46.71% of dengue cases reported were from the Western Province.

 

“HDUs are units for people in need of round- the- clock observation,  intensive treatment and nursing than is possible in a general ward “

Consultant Physician Dr. Prashila Samaraweera said that under the new programme, the number of the HDUs will be increased in hospitals including the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital and the Ragama General Hospital where units are already available. New units would be established in base hospitals too.
HDUs are units for people in need of round- the- clock observation, intensive treatment and nursing than is possible in a general ward but less so than that given in intensive care units. HDUs comprise machines attached to each bed monitoring patients thoroughly.
This decision was taken as there were insufficient beds and medication for patients admitted with dengue to hospitals last year.
Colombo Municipality Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruwan Wijeyamuni said that 213 cases of dengue have been reported since January this year and that the numbers are on the rise due to the heavy rain experienced in most regions.
He said: “The CMC has already begun spraying BTI within the Colombo city limits. The BTI bacterium inactivates mosquito larvae and therefore is very effective.”
Meanwhile the Health Ministry informed that if a person had fever for more than two days they should immediately get treatment at a hospital. The ministry also advised the public to clean up their homes and surrounding areas at least for two hours a week.