Maha to test 100 kids from Navi Mumbai

A day after HT reported about a nine-month-old Navi Mumbai boy testing positive for Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (VDPV) type 2, the state health department has swung into action.

In a bid to identity any more cases of VDPV, the health department will test stool samples of close to 100 children living in the vicinity of the affected child’s home.

The victim, Arsh Singh continues to remain on ventilator at BJ Wadia Hospital for children, Parel.

Singh is a resident of Iltanpada in Navi Mumbai.

He was admitted to the hospital on July 11 and has on ventilator since.

All four of his limbs are paralysed. “He is in critical condition but stable,” said Dr Satish Pawar, director of directorate of health services in the state.

“Apart from testing children for the virus, we will also test about 20 to 25 adults who have come in contact with the child,” Dr Pawar said.

On Monday, the additiona chief secretary for public health had called for a meeting to review the polio vaccination programme in the state especially in Nav Mumbai from where the VDPV case was reported.

A team of experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) visited Singh at the hospital and took a detailed medica history.

Sources said the experts have directed the treating doc tors to resent his blood and stoo samples for another battery o tests to confirm the virus.

In June, a 10-month old boy from Dharur in Beed who was detected of VDPV, died at a Latur hospital.

Officials from Nationa Polio Surveillance Projec (NPSP) said that Beed boy was later found to be suffering from an immunity disorder.


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