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Assam sounds SARS alert after cases in WB

Alarmed at the detection of SARS cases in West Bengal, Assam govt has sounded an alert and geared up its machinery to tackle the likely outbreak of SARS.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2003 22:38 IST

Alarmed at the detection of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) cases in neighbouring West Bengal, Assam government has sounded an alert and geared up its machinery to tackle the likely outbreak of SARS in the state, official sources said today.

Isolated wards have been made available in all the three medical college hospitals of the state to treat SARS patients in case of detection.

The Gauhati Medical College Hospital received 25 sets of preventive kits for doctors and para-medical staff comprising masks, boots, caps, gowns and gloves from Mumbai.

Isolated cabins have also been made available in many civil hospitals and literature on the disease provided by the Union Health Ministry has been distributed among the concerned medical staff all over the state.

The state health department has posted a team of senior doctors and para-medical staff at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport to check incoming passengers particularly those arriving by Air India's Bangkok-Guwahati flight from Thailand every Sunday.

Health Commissioner Biren Dutta urged the people not to panic as no cases were detected in the state.

First Published: Apr 30, 2003 22:38 IST