Health department extends action plan for another week, threat looms

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    Jamshedpur : Dengue is spreading across the steel city. While the doctors in the city blame the rise in dengue cases to the deteriorating hygiene in the city, the district health department has decided to extend the dengue action plan for another one week, as seven fresh cases of dengue was reported taking the total count so far to 50. This is the second time that the action plan has been extended.

    East Singhbhum district civil surgeon, SK Jha said that seven fresh cases of dengue has been confirmed thus taking the total number of cases to 50.

    “As per our initial plans the week-long dengue action plan which was launched on August 22 by the health department we thought will stop the spread of the disease by the week end, but after blood samples of seven suspected dengue patients were tested positive, we had to extend the period of the action plan for another one week,” said Jha.

    The test report from the microbiology department of MGM Medical College in Dimna was made available to the civil surgeon’s office last evening.

    In the new seven positive cases of dengue include an 18-year-old boy, Vikrant Singh, who is admitted at the MGM Medical College and Hospital’s intensive care unit.

    According to officials at the civil surgeon office, the areas from where the dengue cases were reported the most include Bagbera, Kitadih, Bhuiyadih, Mango, Parsudih, Sakchi and Sidhgora. The anti-larval operation by the dengue action plan teams are focusing these areas while carrying out the operation.

    However, the resurfacing of dengue positive cases has prompted the East Singhbhum district health department to direct the district filaria for a change in strategy adopting to counter vector (Aedes Aegypti) menace.

    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.

    Meanwhile, MGM Medical College and Hospital superintendent, Vijay Shankar Das today visited the hospital’s ICU to take the stock of the patients undergoing treatment for dengue.

    It may be mentioned that the disease took a toll on a 28-year-old woman patient Rinki Jha at the MGM Medical College and Hospital on August 14, leading the authority of the medical college hospital take utmost care of each and every dengue patient since then.

    Presently, there are three dengue patients at the medical college hospital, including the school student.

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