Five cases of Japanese Encephalitis

Five cases of Japanese Encephalitis and three cases of Dengue turn positive

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Jamshedpur : The MAC-Elisa test of three out of the four suspected dengue cases turned positive. Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) district officer and in-charge of national vector borne diseases control program Sahir Pall said that out of the four dengue samples sent for confirmatory tests, three have turned positive.

“Three dengue suspected patients are admitted and have been told that conditions of all the three patients were improving fast. Hospitals have been asked to keep the patients in isolation ward. All the private hospitals have informed of keeping ready isolation wards. MGM Hospital has also been asked to ready its isolation ward at the earliest,” said Sahir Pall.

The confirmed cases include, 50-year-old C. B. K Singh, a resident of Golmuri who has been admitted in Brahmanand Narayana Hrudalaya Hospital in Tamolia, Pheku Majhi (25) a resident of Purulia (Bengal) admitted in MGM Hospital and Rohit Kumar (24) a resident of Hurlung near Telco is undergoing treatment at Tata Motors Hospital.

Meanwhile five more Japanese Encephalitis cases (three in Tata Main Hospital and two in Mercy Hospital) turned positive today.

“There is a very high rate of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases reported from different districts of Kolhan region while being treated in health centers of East Singhbhum at the lone vector testing lab at Dimna based MGM Medical College. Out of 48 JE cases reported in 2013 across the state 28 are from this region,” noted a health official.

The department which earlier used to only spray larvicidal apart from undertaking cleanliness exercise will be opting for destroying unused containers (identified vector breeding centers) in the affected areas and educating people on not allowing water to stagnate in residential areas. This exercise would be held simultaneously with routine methods of spraying larvicidal in the area.

From district health department records, in the year 2010, over 10,000 viral cases were reported in the district in the monsoon period while there were four deaths due to dengue. The figure rose to 16,000 in 2011, mostly from chikungunya and dengue, with one death due to dengue. In 2012 there were around 8,000 viral cases in the city.

The local residents said that though the district health department took initiative to curb the menace but again the diseases has shot up making the life difficult for the people.

Manoj Hansda, a social worker said that their the administration lacks will to work in the fringe areas due to which the situation is far from safe. “I think immediate steps need to be taken to control the menace.

The health department needs to spread awareness in the villages and necessary medicines should be distributed” he noted.

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