IT’S OFFICIAL, dengue’s here. Seven dengue cases in the State have been confirmed by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), New Delhi.
Six of the positive samples are from Gwalior and one is from Bhopal. The NICD has given results of 13 of the 49 samples sent by the State Government. Six samples have tested negative.
Following the NICD report, the State Government has officially announced the presence of dengue in the State and the health machinery has been put on alert.
Health Commissioner Rajesh Rajora told Hindustan Times that most of the seven positive cases had been discharged after treatment.
Private hospitals in many parts of the State, including Bhopal, had reported dengue deaths during the past 20 days. The toll in the City was three. Some other suspected deaths were also reported. However, in the absence of a test confirmation, the State Government had not officially confirmed dengue influx into the State.
Health Commissioner Rajesh Rajora has said the State Health Department had taken all preventive and curative steps before the official confirmation of dengue.
He said the ELIZA confirmatory test of dengue has been made available at Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, as well as Indore and Gwalior medical colleges and confirmatory testing would be possible in the State.
As many as 1,000 rapid testing kits have been given to district hospitals and 20 beds each in medical college hospitals and 10 beds each in district hospitals have been reserved. Leaves of health employees have been cancelled.
He said the State Control Room on mosquito-related diseases was functioning 24 hours and control rooms in 48 districts had been activated.
Anti-vector and anti-larvae activities have been taken up in 1,200 identified villages, 50 lakh awareness pamphlets distributed, mass awareness campaigns were being organised at gram panchayats, schools and colleges, rapid mass fever survey was being carried out in villages reporting high cases of fever, anti-mosquito campaign is continuing in urban areas and preventive actions are being taken, Rajora said. Enough medicines are available with government health centres to tackle the disease, he said.