THE STATE Health Department on Sunday confirmed four cases of Chikangunya in Jhansi. The State Government has released Rs 78 crore for purchase of drug and insecticide to fight the mosquito-borne diseases.
Principal secretary (Medical Health and Family Welfare) Arun Kumar Mishra said after receiving information that a large number of people in Jhansi were in grip of fever, a team of the Health Department collected blood samples of 21,541 patients.
Samples of 30 patients that showed symptoms of Chikangunya were sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) for test. The institute confirmed that four samples were infected with Chikangunya virus. No deaths due to Chikangunya were reported, Mishra said.
Talking to the media persons, Mishra said 15 fresh cases of dengue were reported on Sunday. With it, the number of Dengue patients shot up to 214. Dengue claimed the life of six persons, he said. Last year, 121 cases of dengue were reported in the State, he added.
The cases of dengue were reported from 27 districts. Over 100 cases were reported from the districts bordering Delhi including Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Muzaffarnagar and Meerut.
“The Health Department has prepared a plan to check dengue in May and a prepared a detailed plan on August 10. After the cases of dengue were reported from Delhi, the Health Department issued instruction to all the chief medical officers (CMOs) on October 3 to take measures to check the spread of the disease in respective districts,” he said.
“Adequate life-saving drugs, fogging machines and insecticides are available at the hospitals to fight the mosquito-borne borne diseases,” he said.
He further said 1502 cases of Japanese Encephalitis were reported this year and 274 patients died. Several of patients were from Bihar, Nepal and Madhya Pradesh. The laboratory test of the blood samples showed that 144 patients were down with JE positive and 61 patients had Coxsackie positive.
The cases of dengue were reported from several states including Delhi (795 cases), Gujarat (411), Kerala (713), Maharashtra (226), Rajasthan (326), Tamil Nadu (306) and West Bengal (314 cases).
Mishra said there was no need to panic. The private hospitals were directed to inform the Health Department if any case of dengue was confirmed, he said.