In view of the outbreak of suspected dengue fevers in the neighbouring districts, the administration here has been gearing itself with precautionary measures by taking up a sanitation drive and following the necessary protocols before declaring a patient as affected by the fever.

Serum is being collected from patients based on symptoms like high fever, severe headache, body pains and not responding to the antibiotics and sending it for testing. Patients are being declared as dengue affected only after the sample was tested and re-confirmed by Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) at Hyderabad.

According to T. Geeta Prasadini, Additional Director for Disease Control Programme and nodal officer for Medak district, samples have been collected from 165 patients and nine were confirmed as dengue positive.

However, one lakh samples of different fevers were collected from the patients and tested for malaria parasite. Out of these samples, 52 cases were found as malaria positive while remaining others are related to different viral fevers.

District Medical and Health Officer C. Ranga Reddy stated that even the nine cases, reported from Aminpur in Ramachandrapuram mandal, were not new. The patients were under treatment and seemed to have got affected when they visited Hyderabad. He said Gambusia fish is being released in water stagnating points.

However, many private hospitals in towns were not admitting suspected dengue cases. “The patient's condition may go out of control within six hours and we do not have hourly supervisory mechanism or the equipment,” said a private practitioner.