A day after the suspected polio case was reported in Baruipur in South 24 Parganas district, the state health administration along with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has woken up to strengthen the surveillance programme in Indrapara village and adjoining areas.
The 18-month-old polio suspect, Sumi Naskar, was brought to the Baruipur sub-divisional hospital on Monday from Indrapara village with symptoms of acute flaccid paralysis.
The district health administration has collected samples of stool of the suspect and sent them to the union health ministry-run laboratory at Kyd Street. WHO has set up a national polio lab there in order to test the stool samples of polio suspects coming from across the states in eastern India.
According to the South 24 Parganas district health administration sources a WHO team led by surveillance officer Dr A Sengupta visited the village on Tuesday. Polio surveillance programme has been geared up in the village and adjoining areas. Locals have been asked to report to the district health administration if they any baby or child is found suffering any symptoms of paralysis with disability in movement.
A WHO official requesting anonymity said that they have supplied specialized containers to the Baruipur Sub-divisional hospital in order to stool samples of the polio suspect. The samples would be sent to the union health-ministry-run laboratory at Kyd Street. WHO has a specialized national investigation laboratory there in order to test the samples of patients suspected with polio infections across the eastern region.
“The samples will be sent to the global referral lab Entero Virus Research Center (EVRS) in Mumbai for further confirmation if the test report at Kyd Street lab shows any confusing results. It will take at least three weeks to get the test report from Kyd Street laboratory,” the WHO official said requesting anonymity.
“It is not a positive case of polio. Despite that the district administration has been alerted to keep watch on the children in Indrapara village. All necessary measures relating to pulse polio immunization programme and surveillance have been beefed up,” said Dr Ama Das Basu, additional director of health services (ADHS) in charge of mother and child care.