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More samples sent for confirmation

india Updated: Oct 10, 2006 15:06 IST
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THE STATE health department on Monday sent 11 more samples of suspected dengue patients for confirmation to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). By now, the state government has not confirmed a case of dengue and no fresh confirmed cases have been reported even from any private hospital.

Private hospitals reported at least two dengue deaths during the last week and two other patients continue to be in critical condition at two hospitals.

The samples sent to New Delhi for confirmation on Monday include two from Choithram Hospital in Indore, one from Mohanlal Hargobind Hospital in Jabalpur, four from the Government Medical College, Gwalior and four from private hospitals in Gwalior, the State Dengue Control Room told the Hindustan Times. Five samples, including two from Indore and three from Bhopal, had been sent out to NICD on Sunday. Results would take at least 4-5 days.

Chief medical officer of Bhopal Dr V S Ohri said that no fresh cases have been reported in Bhopal and that things seem to be under control. At Hamidia Hospital, five more samples of suspected patients were tested through Rapid Card Test and found negative. Superintendent Dr V K Pandya said that 13 suspected cases have been tested at the hospital and all found negative.

He said that the medicine ward of the hospital had only 13 patients of fever and none of them showed symptoms of dengue or chikungunya. Meanwhile it was learnt that the dengue diagnostic kits, ordered from Goa, have arrived and soon they would be dispatched to selected centres across the State.

These kits are expected to help diagnosis of dengue in earlier stages, efficiently and accurately. The health department has also printed about 50 lakh pamphlets on dengue awareness and these would be distributed in schools, colleges and gram panchayats for prevention of the disease.