Jamshedpur, Feb 12: The fear involving corona virus continues as about 25 visitors in different parts of the city and outskirts who had come from China and other South East Asian countries have been kept under home surveillance by the district health department.
East Singhbhum district civil surgeon Dr Maheshwar Prasad said that the district health department has put nearly 26 persons whose name and address was communicated to the district by the state surveillance unit under home surveillance.
“We are taking care of those retured and have kept them under vigil. A team led by our district epidemiologist has been visiting all the 26 persons ever since they have come to Jamshedpur. Union health ministry alerted us about their details from the various airports where they arrived. We sent our teams to each of the members and are constantly monitoring their conditions. As on now, none of the 26 have reported of any symptoms of a cold, cough or fever,” said Dr Prasad.
“Though as per World Health Organisation (WHO) protocol stipulated by Union health ministry a person for novel coronavirus needs to be put under home surveillance for 14 days but we are going the extra cautious and have decided to keep them under home surveillance for an entire month,’ he added.
In the city, Sadar Hospital in Khasmahal has two-bed isolation center while MGM Hospital in Sakchi has an eight-bed isolation center.
Meanwhile, MGM superintendent Dr Sanjay Kumar said that though they are prepared with the isolation ward but are currently doing with the surgical mask.
The fear of Coronavirus has gripped the steel city. Two persons who had returned from China also underwent a blood and throat swab test through the district civil surgeon office.
Maheshwar Prasad informed that they had sent blood samples and throat swabs to National Institute of Virology in Pune of two persons, including a woman recently.
“We have sent the blood sample and throat swap of two persons to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology for getting it checked whether the two, a man and woman were infected with Coronavirus,” said the civil surgeon. Both of them tested negative.
Prasad who is also Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) officer said that the woman had been to Beijing and returned home at Mango on January 17 volunteered for getting tested for the coronavirus, the man who had also visited a number of Chinese cities, including Bejings had returned the steel city on January21, was subjected to the blood and throat swab test by the civil surgeon office.