Hindustan Times, October 8, 2006
THOUGH NO fresh confirmed case of dengue was reported on Sunday, the State Health Department sent blood samples of five suspected patients – three from Bhopal and two from Indore — to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), New Delhi, for confirmation.
Patients with symptoms of viral infection, including malaria and dengue, continue to pour in at private and government hospitals, though not many cases are being confirmed.
The condition of woman from Seoni Malwa, who was admitted to the City-based National Hospital and tested positive for dengue – continues to be critical. Another woman, tested positive at another private hospital, is showing signs of recovery, hospital authorities said. Two samples from suspected patients done through the Rapid Card Test at the Hamidia Hospital tested negative.
Also, anti-aedes operation was launched in 1,200 villages of the State with high aedes density on Sunday morning, Health Commissioner Rajesh Rajora told the Hindustan Times. Preparations are over for platelet separation at the blood banks of medical colleges of Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur. Soon arrangements will be made at the Medical College, Rewa, and in district hospitals in seven other towns, he said.
The surveillance has been stepped up, Rajora said, adding the State Control Room at IEC Bureau on the JP Hospital premises is functioning round-the-clock. The private hospitals and nursing homes have been directed to immediately provide information on any suspected case to the control room.
DIVISIONAL MEETING: A review meeting of the eight districts under Bhopal division was held on Sunday in the State capital for reviewing the implementation of an action plan on mosquito-related diseases, including dengue, chikungunya and malaria. The Chief Medical Officers, civil surgeons and District Malaria Officers from Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Raisen, Vidisha, Sehore, Betul, Rajgarh and Harda attended the meeting.