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Dengue outbreak alarms Patna post flooding, health dept launches intensive campaigns


PATNA: The health department has launched intensive campaigns to check spread of deadly dengue after it struck the state following recent flooding which saw many parts of the state under stagnant water.

According to a latest report of the health department, the total number of dengue cases reported in Bihar currently is 1,184.

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Patna, the capital of Bihar state, remains the worst hit of all the 38 districts in the state with as many as 823 persons having tested positive for dengue. Of the total 823 cases reported from Patna, 140 identified in the past 48 hours itself.

“We are very much alert to the current situation and have initiated every steps to prevent spread of the disease. There is nothing to panic as such,” Bihar health secretary Sanjay Kumar said.

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Kumar said three-day free health camps are being organized in the premises two premier medical hospitals in Patna from today. Apart from them, health camps are being organised at 20 other places in Patna for health check-ups of other affected persons, he added.

Doctors treating the dengue patients said most of the cases have been reported from the areas which witnessed heavy water-logging in Patna caused by incessant rains.

“Most of the dengue patients admitted to the hospital are from the water-logged areas,” head of medicine department at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) Dr MP Prasad said.

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Keeping in view the sensitivity of the situation, the indoor residual spraying is being conducted in the affected areas. As many as 24 teams have been engaged in this particular task.

Bleaching power is also being sprayed and distributed among the masses. So far, 23,000 packets of bleaching powder have been distributed among the masses. Each packet contains 500 grams of bleaching powder.

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He added the health department had also launched campaigns to make people aware about how to save from the disease. According to him, several rickshaws are being used to launch this awareness campaign. “The situation, however, is under control,” the health secretary said.

The development followed after Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar ordered the authorities to take urgent preventive measures to check spread of dengue.

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More than 12 localities of Patna, the worst being Rajendra Nagar, Kankarbagh and Patliputra, remained under waist-deep to neck-deep water for about 10 days after incessant rains lashed the state capital in the last week of September.

The overall situation can be underlined from the fact that the authorities had to deploy NDRF teams and press boats into service to rescue the residents trapped in their flooded homes and rush relief to them.

One of the prominent persons rescued by the NDRF team was Bihar’s deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior leader from the BJP.

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Quite many areas of Patna are still water-logged even a fortnight after the rains lashed the state. This has turned into an ideal breeding ground of the flying insects.

Last year, dengue had claimed lives of at least three officials, including two doctors who included Dr Vashudeo Prasad, a senior physician from Chapra and Dr Vijay Kumar, an anesthesiologist with Ford Hospital in Patna.

In 2018, around 2,100 dengue cases had been reported from Bihar. Of them 1,176 were from Patna, health officials said.

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