The Sabarkantha district health department has filed FIRs against seven doctors for negligence of duty after the death toll due to hepatitis infection rose to 16 with most of the cases being reported from Modasa taluk here, a top official said on Sunday.
“In all, 47 cases of hepatitis have been registered in the district with most of the cases in Modasa taluk,” said Dr H.S. Patel, the Chief District Health Officer, Sabarkantha.
“Of the 47 cases, 16 have died of the hepatitis infection from the beginning of this month till date. Seventeen from Modasa and nearby area are undergoing treatment, while 13 have been discharged after treatment,” Patel said. One case has been registered in the district capital of Himmatnagar.
Patel said they had conducted raids at private clinics and dispensaries of 10 doctors in Modasa on Saturday evening, following which the FIRs have been filed against seven doctors under various sections of Medical Practitioners Act.
No arrests have been made in the cases yet as police is still investigating the matter, he said.
Patel said they have sent blood samples from 91 people, whom they suspected of being infected from hepatitis, for analysis to Vadodara, while 14 blood samples have been sent to Ahmedabad for verification of the hepatitis D virus.
The hepatitis D or delta hepatitis is caused by hepatitis delta virus (HDV), a defective RNA virus. The disease affects humans only if the hepatitis B virus is already present in the patient’s body. It is transmitted percutaneously or sexually through contact with infected blood or blood products.
The district health officials have been conducting door-to-door survey in Modasa taluk and nearby villages and distributing pamphlets with information about hepatitis and how to take precautions, Patel said.