Shortage of Eliza kits in many districts

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Oct 2017 11:38:57


Staff Reporter,

The Eliza kits to test samples of suspected dengue, malaria and chikungunya patients are short in supply in many districts and it is the reason why there are many demand letters from the Chief Medical & Health Officers (CMHOs) and even District Malaria Officers (DMOs). In those districts where the Eliza kits’ shortage was found, the DMOs and CMHOs are said to have asked the pathologists to perform test of only those blood samples which patients are serious or Patients are referred to adjoining districts. Samples tests take one or two days. The DMOs wait for collection of blood samples from Government and private hospitals in more numbers.

As the Eliza test is considered costly. The districts in which more patients of dengue, malaria and chikungunya were recorded includes Bhopal, Jabalpur and Indore so these districts, the health department has provided number of Eliza kits as more than 50 patients of dengue, chikungunya and number of malaria patients’ samples are every ready reached to the CMHOs and DMOs every day. even during the Government holidays, the samples of dengue, chikungunya and malaria are tested in the fixed Government hospitals’ pathologists. While there are some districts where cases of these seasonal diseases are not recorded more are like Vidisha, Raisen and others.

According to information, the Health Department has also written to the Government of India to have Eliza kits to test samples of these seasonal diseases patients after five days.
There are two type of Eliza kits to test samples of dengue, malaria and chikungunya as one type of Eliza kits are when the samples of the patients are tested when they reach to give blood samples within five days of the disease. Another Eliza kit is when the patient reach to doctors for samples after five days of this fever.

The first type of kit is purchased by the health department and the department is said to have started process of procuring Eliza kits while for another Eliza kit, the Health Department has written to the Government of India.

When contacted Dr Himanshu Jaiswal, State Programme Officer, looking after the work of dengue, chikungunya, malaria etc, admitted of shortage of Eliza kits in some districts. Demands from district DMOs have been received and they are being supplied on first-cum-first-serve basis. We have written to a type of Eliza kits to the Government of India and even process of procuring another of Eliza kits. Within a week we will supply to all districts, he said.