Jamshedpur, Feb 6: The fear of Coronavirus has gripped the steel city. Two persons who had returned from China underwent a blood and throat swab test through the district civil surgeon office.
East Singhbhum district civil surgeon, Maheshwar Prasad informed that they have 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 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 China had returned the steel city on 21, was subjected to the blood and throat swab test by the civil surgeon office.
“We have sounded civil surgeons in all districts to keep a check on the respiratory infections and monitor and report the suspected cases,” said an official. The department clarified that those under surveillance would be those having symptoms like fever, breathing problems and others. It also added that no positive case has been in the state till now.
The Health Ministry and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have issued a tripartite advisory to all states and union territories following alert by the WHO this week.
“We have put the IDSP nodal officer to start a routine checking of the hospital, nursing-homes and other health hubs to see if any patient is suspected to have been infected with the coronavirus,” said Prasad.
The civil surgeon said as the corona virus is air-borne, the people who use to take flights for travelling abroad and even to the metro cities will have to take extra precautions like using a mask.
” As our information the infection spread through sneezing or coughing, the best way for saving oneself from the disease is wearing masks as a precautionary measure though the people should not panic. We have not any suspected case of corona infection in the district,” said Prasad.
Moreover, people have also started taking precautionary measures against the killer virus which is spreading unabatedly.