A high alert has been issued at Cooch Behar after two deaths caused by Japanese Encephalitis (JE) were reported in the district on Saturday.
Of the 30 cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) that had been reported here so far at the Cooch Behar MJN Hospital, as many as seven were reported to be dead, of which two were caused due to JE.
“Five JE cases had been reported out of which we could save three who are still undergoing treatment,” said Dr Bimal Bandhu Saha, deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health – I.
Officials said two cases of JE from private nursing homes have been referred to Siliguri. “Since it is a viral disease and requires supportive treatment, we would suggest that treatment of patients of Cooch Behar should be done within the district itself. We have sent intimations to all nursing home authorities and would soon organise a meeting with them to tell them that we have enough kits to deal with JE,” said Dr Shyamal Soren, deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health – II.
Hospital authorities have also started awareness drives about JE. “We have tried to create awareness about the usage of mosquito nets, keeping the body covered as much as possible and ensure that no rainwater is stored in or around the household,” Dr Soren said.
Some AES cases were also reported from Pundibari block on Saturday and authorities carried out fogging in the area.
Hospital authorities were also carrying out a weekly pulse cleaning by visiting households and getting rid of water that had been stored in the open.
A fever survey was also organised in the district and malaria tests were being conducted on patients suffering from persistent fever. Even if their malaria test results were negative, the patients were being sent to health centres for further treatment and even referred to the district hospital if necessary.
“We are also tracking outdoor patients of the sub-division hospitals to see if there is any fresh case of JE,” Dr Soren said.
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