Union Ministry team collects samples, suspects more Zika patients in State

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Nov 2018 12:28:18


Staff Reporter,

After Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, Zika virus infection is ready to sting people in Madhya Pradesh. To check the reality, the Union Ministry has sent a team of health officials led by Dr Kalpana Baruah, Joint Director of National Vector Borne Disease Control Department. Team collected 20 new samples of Zika virus and it suspects for more ailing patients.

Under the protocols of International Health Regulation (2005), Union Ministry has constituted a special team of civil surgeons, paediatricians, gynaecologists, neurologist, Nodal officer of maternity care, team of epidemiologist, entomologists, microbiologist and VBDCP officials. Main aim of constituting special emergency team is to get a control over Zika virus. Team visited Sehore, Bhopal, Vidisha and Dewas to learn more about Zika virus. Team has also trained medical officers and health staff to fetch the cure of Zika virus. Health Department has developed a model plan named ‘Containment of local transmission of Zika virus’.

Dr Kalpana Baruah said that she is surprised to see that all the 3 patients of Zika virus infection are de-linked with one another. Also they live in 3 different cities and this makes her feel that there must be more patients of Zika virus infection. She said that emergency team expects that 29 cases of Zika virus infection were detected in Jaipur, Rajasthan so possibly travellers have carried the virus. She also told that samples of 3 confirmed cases are sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV) while 20 new samples are also collected. She advised civic bodies, vector borne disease control department, hospital staff and health officials to take all the precautionary measures, including continuous fogging with finest pesticides, inspection of streets and spreading awareness amongst people. She also told that special training session for Zika virus infection was also conducted in Bhopal.

Dr Baruah directed all the medical superintendents to make a survey of microcephaly, neurological syndromes and gullian barre syndromes amongst infants. She advised people to avoid visiting infected areas and affected countries. She said mostly aedes mosquitoes bite during day hours so wear full clothes, use bed net, mosquito repellant cream, don’t allow water to stagnate etc. She also advised to use aspirin to treat fever as there is no specific medicine for Zika virus fever. She also advised to avoid self-medication.