Seven staffers down with dengue: Surveillance on campus stepped up, says PGI

The staffers diagnosed with dengue include three resident doctors and two nursing staff.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published: September 23, 2016 4:47:39 am

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research(PGIMER) authorities on Thursday said surveillance on campus had been strengthened after seven of their employes have been diagnosed as dengue positive in the past few weeks. One employee with travel history to Delhi has tested positive for Chikungunya.

The staffers diagnosed with dengue include three resident doctors and two nursing staff. “One case of Chikungunya was detected in a nursing staff who had a travel history to Delhi,” said a PGI spokesperson.

PGI’s acting Medical Superintendent Dr Vipin Kaushal told Chandigarh Newsline that surveillance in the hospital and the campus has been stepped up in view of dengue cases. “We are taking steps so that we can stop the spread of dengue,” he said. “The public health department is working in this regard.”

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“We have been doing regular spraying the areas within campus. A meeting was also chaired by the Director as well. Recently, no fresh case has been reported from the campus. But, we are alert,” said a doctor from the school of Public Heath PGI. “The administration of the Institute is taking steps and information is being sent to everyone on campus that they should keep their environment clean.”

Recently, UT health department director Dr Vanita Gupta had taken up the issue with PGI director Dr Yogesh Chawla, after several cases of dengue were reported from the campus. The Institute was asked to take steps to prevent the spread of dengue on campus.

Apart from the buildings of the PGI hospitals, there are many residential buildings inside the campus, which make the campus a high risk zone for vector-borne diseases.

Officials said UT health department teams have also been inspecting the campus. “After a case is reported to us, we take action as per the protocol and then fogging is conducted,” said a health official.

The UT health department has said 20 dengue cases were reported in the city taking the total number to 204. According to PGI and GMCH, the total number of Chikungunya cases from Chandigarh is so far 18. The health officials, however, said the total number in the city was nine.

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