FIVE MORE samples of suspected dengue, including the one from the City-based National Hospital, were sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), New Delhi, for confirmation, taking the number of samples sent so far to 19. A fresh rise in chikungunya cases was also reported from some parts of the State.
On Tuesday, one sample each from Mandsaur and Bhopal and three samples from Rajgarh district of the suspected dengue were sent for confirmation, Health Commissioner Rajesh Rajora and the State Control Room on aedes mosquito-related diseases told the Hindustan Times. The condition of the patient with confirmed dengue at the National Hospital continued to be critical.
Three samples of suspected dengue taken at Hamidia Hospital, also tested negative. The Health Commissioner confirmed that though the number of chikungunya cases has come down manifold since last month, a fresh spurt has been noticed in Indore, Dewas and Morena districts.
On Tuesday, the State Control Room received reports of eight suspected chikungunya cases from Indore, 32 from Rajgarh (of which 10 have been admitted to hospitals), 10 each from Mandsaur and Hoshangabad and 63 cases from Sehore. Of these, 10 samples from Mandsaur and six from Sehore have been sent to the NICD.
Rajora mentioned Rs one lakh each has been sanctioned to each district for employing malaria health workers while Rs five lakh each has been sanctioned for various activities, including local health camps, medical vans, health camps at market places and upgrading the rural health set-up. The anti-vector programme in the selected 1,200 villages has also been intensified, the Health Commissioner said.
MEETING AT DELHI: Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi and Health Commissioner Rajora will attend a meeting of aedes mosquito-related diseases affected state called by the Union Health Ministry in New Delhi on Wednesday. During the meeting, in which ministers and senior Health Department officials of 15 states will participate, the strategy to combat the diseases like dengue, chikungunya, fever and others would be discussed.
SPECIAL GRAM SABHAS: Special Gram Sabhas will be held in October to inform the people about preventive measures against dengue. A nodal officer will be appointed for each Gram Sabha for this. Posters and literature, prepared by the Health Department will be distributed at these meetings. The posters will be pasted at strategic points. Information about total sanitation campaign would also be given to the villagers and action would be taken to ensure proper cleanliness in villages.
HEALTH CAMPS: Free health camps will be held at Berasia and Phanda blocks in Bhopal district — on October 12 and 13 and October 14 and October 15, respectively under the Rajiv Gandhi Integrated Health Mission. Patients of suspected dengue and chikungunya will be specially treated at the camps. Chief Medical Officer Dr VS Ohri urged the citizens to take preventive measures against the mosquitoes. Malaria, leprosy and TB teams will also be present at the camps..
PREVENTIVE MEASURE: A senior officer of the Health Department suggested use of burnt automobile oil that is normally discarded as an anti-larvae tool. The officer has suggested that if the burnt oil – available in ample quantity even in rural areas — is poured into the stagnant water it forms a thin film over water and prevents breeding of larvae. The Health Department will take up the campaign soon.