Dr Raina inspects hospitals in South Tripura
Belonia : By Our Correspondent
Dr. VK Raina, an encephalitis expert from National Vector Bourne Disease Control Programme, today started inspecting the encephalitis-affected areas of South Tripura. Dr Raina, who arrived in the capital yesterday to combat the outbreak of the vector borne disease, today visited Shantirbazar, Jolaibari, East Pilak, Sabroom, Matai and Belonia hospitals to take stock of the situation.
The encephalitis expert was accompanied by Chief Medical Officer Samar Das. During the visit, Dr Raina examined sources of drinking water, treatment infrastructure and some fever cases to ascertain the reason behind the outbreak. He also collected samples of affected patients for test. Dr Raina will stay here for three days to minutely examine the situation. He will visit Dhalai district tomorrow. He is slated to hold a meeting with Health Secretary M Nagaraju on the following day. Reportedly, three cases of encephalitis were detected in the state. The state government issued alert against Japanese encephalitis, after detection of the virus in the blood samples of three children who have been undergoing treatment in GBP Hospital.
According to report, all three cases of encephalitis were initially treated as malaria but in second phase of blood test among the long suffering patients have been detected Japanese encephalitis. Incidentally, all three encephalitis suffering children were hailed from Chawmanu, Gandacherra and Amarpur, worst affected of vector borne diseases.
The health department issued emergency notice for all health centers and hospital to collect the blood sample of long suffering fever patients of the state and send them for encephalitis test. Since May, more than two lakh people including children has been suffering from various vector borne diseases like malaria, entities, measles and stomach upset for long time. The death toll rose to 138. Altogether 3041 patients underwent blood tests across the state on the day. 439 out of them were diagnosed with malaria parasite. Out of 512 patients admitted in different hospitals across the state on the day, 178 were confirmed to have contacted the disease.