With dengue cases on the rise in India, the center warns 11 states of dangerous strains of serotype II
With dengue cases on the rise in several states, the central government has urged authorities to take early detection and prevention measures.
At a high-level meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Guba, attended by representatives from 11 affected states/TUs, the government highlighted the emerging challenge of dengue serotype II, which has more than 100,000 cases and more complications than other forms of the disease.
Guba suggested that states take measures such as early detection of cases and opening fever hotlines; sufficient stock of test kits, larvicides and drugs; Use of rapid response teams for immediate investigations and necessary public health measures such as fever collection, contact tracing, vector control; Warn blood banks to maintain adequate blood levels and components, especially platelets.
States were also asked to conduct information, education and communication campaigns related to hotlines, vector control methods, reduction of national resources and symptoms of dengue fever.
States reporting cases of dengue serotype II include Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, MP, UP, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
Previously, the Ministry of Health had these conditions on August and September 10.
In Uttar Pradesh, the worst hit state, Firozabad remains the epicentre of the epidemic.
According to official information, more than 60 people died of viral fever and dengue fever in Firozabad, including several children.
In Kanpur, district health officials announced that more than 250 patients, including several children, were admitted to Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur last month.
According to the hospital authorities, some patients have been diagnosed with dengue fever and malaria. However, no deaths from these diseases have been reported.
"More than 250 patients of viral fever have been admitted to our hospital since a month or so. Most patients have recovered while some patients with viral pneumonia have developed complications. The fatality rate is pretty low. Also, 25 patients have been admitted for Dengue, including 10 children and some have been admitted for malaria as well. However, no one has died due to these diseases at the hospital," Dr. Sanjay Kala, the in-charge of Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital told ANI on Saturday.
Dr. Manish Yadav, the in-charge of Maternal, Child Hospital said: "We have around 200 children admitted in our hospital for diseases like fever, tuberculosis, meningitis, gastroenteritis etc. We have 15-20 children who are admitted for viral fever, they are recovering well. Also, one child is confirmed to have Dengue."
Sources:- Indian times
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