ANOTHER DENGUE death – that of a woman from Raisen district – was reported at a private hospital here on Friday. Three other suspected cases were reported at another private hospital and blood samples were sent to Delhi for confirmation.
A high-level meeting was held at the CM House on Friday evening to review the preparations for prevention and containment of diseases like dengue, chikungunya and malaria.
During the meeting, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan issued instructions of widespread sanitation campaign across the State to prevent the mosquito menace. He also directed the Health Department officials to provide dengue and chikungunya diagnostic kits at all the district hospitals and the government medical colleges immediately. He assured that there would be no dearth of funds for containment of these deadly diseases.
On Friday, Ratibai, 50, wife of Mishrilal and a resident of village Khandawar in Bareli tehsil of neighbouring Raisen district, breathed her last at the Chirayu Hospital here owing to dengue. Director of the hospital, Dr Ajay Goenka, and Bhopal Chief Medical Officer V S Ohri both confirmed the dengue death. The death was informed to Raisen district administration and the Health Department there for proper action.
However, an agency report quoted Commissioner (Health) Rajesh Rajora saying that there was neither any information about any dengue fatality in the State nor any such patient but the administration has initiated a special campaign under a anti-dengue action plan in all 48 districts.
“In view of people travelling to and from from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, an apprehension of dengue cannot be denied in MP,” Rajora told UNI.
Earlier, another death that occurred at the Chirayu Hospital two days ago was being attributed to dengue, but Dr Goenka denied that it was a dengue case.
Meanwhile, samples of three patients – two from indoor and one from OPD of the National Hospital were sent out to Lal Pathology Laboratory in New Delhi for confirmation of dengue.
The patients have shown symptoms very similar to dengue although confirmation is awaited, director of the hospital Dr P K Pandey told Hindustan Times.
It was at this hospital that the first case of dengue death – that of a youth from Bina in Sagar district – was reported.
No cases in Bhopal district
BHOPAL CMO V S Ohri today said that no case of dengue has been reported from Bhopal proper as yet. Superintendent of Hamidia Hospital Dr V K Pandey said that there have been no cases, let alone any death of any patient from Bhopal at the hospital. He said that at present there was no case of even suspected dengue at the hospital.
Rapid test facility
Rapid card test facility for the instant diagnosis of dengue has been made available round the clock at the Microbiology Department of the Hamidia Hospital, the superintendent informed. Also, 20 beds in the MIC ward of the Medicine Department have been reserved for any possible case of the disease. Arrangements have been made at the blood bank of the hospital for platelet separation. Infusion of platelets is life-saving for the patients in advanced stages of dengue.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the sanitation campaign should be undertaken in coordination with civic administration, Panchayat and Rural Development, Health, Agriculture, School Education and Higher Education departments. All government officers and employees, school and college students and members of voluntary organisations should be involved in the process, he said.
He said special gram sabhas should be organised to provide information on preventive and curative measures and publicity media like AIR, TV channels and newspapers should be used to spread awareness and information on the diseases.
Health Commissioner Rajesh Rajora informed at the meeting that 1000 diagnostic kits have been ordered from Goa and would become available in day or two.
He also informed that the department has purchased additional 50 fogging machines. Principal Secretaries Pradeep Bhargava of Panchayat and Rural Development, I S Dani of School Education, Dr Bhagirath Prasad of Higher Education, M M Upadhyay of Health, I M Chahal of Medical Education, Secretary of Urban Administration Sevaram, Secretary of Public Relations Manoj Srivastava, Secretary of CM Anurag Jain, Commissioner of Panchayat and Rural Development Dr V S Niranjan, director of Public Health and Family Welfare Dr Yogiraj Sharma and other senior officials were present at the meeting.
Control Room in Bhopal
A DENGUE control room has been set up at the IEC Bureau on the JP District Hospital premises so that information on any confirmed or suspected case could be collected here and in turn conveyed to the concerned district officials. CMO Dr VS Ohri said that instructions have been given to all government medical set-ups and private nursing homes to provide information on the disease to the control room. The phone numbers of the control room are 0755-2552538/2573984. Information on cases in Bhopal district could also be given to CMO at 0755-2557134/2765950.
Rapid card test facility for the diagnosis of dengue made available round the clock at Hamidia
CM said sanitation campaign should be undertaken in coordination
Dengue control room set up on JP Hospital premises. Phone Nos: 0755-2552538/2573984.
Commissioner (Health) Rajesh Rajora said there was neither any information about any dengue fatality in the State nor any such patient