No facility for dengue testing in IIOJK, 21 found positive

Srinagar, November 06 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, 21 people in Kashmir Valley, all returning from outside, had been found to be infected with Dengue virus.

However, the absence of a testing mechanism in the public sector is creating hurdles in timely testing and surveillance of the vector-borne disease.

A senior health official told the media that since Dengue fever is quite rare in IIOJK, the current surge in cases has necessitated more frequent testing of suspected cases. He said all the cases that have been detected have a history of travel to outside the territory.

“We do not have any testing facility in Kashmir division and when we receive a patient with fever coupled with a history of travel to outside, we order dengue and malaria tests,” the official said. He maintained that many people skip the test as it is unavailable in any of the government hospitals and only a few laboratories take the samples to get them tested from outside of the territory.