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Private pathology lab reduces platelets of dengue patients in Dehradun

In Dehradun, the local authorities are investigating a concerning issue related to dengue patients. It appears that some private pathology labs and hospitals in the area have been giving inaccurate reports regarding the platelet counts of dengue patients. These incorrect reports are causing unnecessary panic among patients and their families.

The investigation was prompted when a district-level team from the Savita Goyal Pathology Lab discovered a significant discrepancy. They had provided a platelet count report of 51,000 for a dengue patient named Baby Sanaya, who is six years old. However, when the report was cross-checked with a NABL-certified lab, it showed a platelet count of 2.73 lakhs, which was substantially higher.

Similar discrepancies were found in reports from other medical facilities. For instance, Panacea Hospital and Pathology Lab had reported a platelet count of 10,000 for a dengue patient named Abhijit, but the government lab’s cross-check revealed a count of 32,000.

Synergy Hospital’s pathology lab reported 19,000 platelets for a patient named Ajay Kumar, but the government lab found 30,000 platelets. Kailash Hospital also had a similar issue, reporting 14,000 platelets for a patient named Bhagat Singh, while the government lab found 80,000 platelets.

These inaccurate reports are causing unnecessary fear and confusion among dengue patients and their families. Dengue is a serious illness, and these discrepancies can lead to inappropriate treatments and undue anxiety.

As a response to these findings, all the medical establishments involved have been issued a notice. They are required to provide a written response along with evidence to explain these discrepancies within three days. It has also been emphasized that if a satisfactory response is not received in time, action will be taken under the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897. This is to ensure that patients receive accurate and reliable information about their condition, which is crucial for their proper treatment and peace of mind.