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Official dashes to stem sting

Patna, Sept. 16: Principal health secretary C.K. Mishra visited Munger on Thursday to assess the situation after more cases of dengue were reported from the district.

A source in the health department said Mishra will visit the areas that are most affected by the disease.

He will also have meeting with the district administration and the civil surgeons of the districts to discuss what measure the administration was taking to check the spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, on Thursday 228 suspected dengue cases were reported from Munger out of which 97 cases were declared as positive. Patna also had 15 new suspected cases that have mainly come from Munger and Begusarai districts. Seven cases were declared positive after tests were conducted at Patna Medical College and Hospital, Rajeshwar Hospital, and Magadh Hospital.

Health society director-in-chief R.N. Pandey said: “Despite taking various preventive measures to check the spread of the disease there has been reports dengue cases from Munger and Begusarai districts.” He also said: “The incessant rain for two days, which has led to waterlogging, has compounded the problem.” Pandey also said they had directed the district administrations and civil surgeons to be prepared to handle any situation.

The municipal and civic bodies have also been directed to intensify cleanness drive in their respective areas including bleaching and fogging.

The civic bodies have also been asked to fill open areas where waterlogging can take place. The medical team that visited Munger and Begusarai districts from Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Bhagalpur has assessed the situation and it is expected that it will submit the report to the health society in day or two. Meanwhile, the state health department had also issued necessary guidelines to Aurangabad and Gaya district administrations to initiate a cleanness drive, so that the disease does not spread in these districts.

The health department is also likely to sent medicines, diagnosis kit, fogging machines and other equipments to Munger and Begusarai.

The health department had also issued few guidelines to Munger and Begusarai district administrations, which includes undertaking active surveillance of fever cases by health workers and Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) for early diagnosis and prompt action. All civil surgeons and medical officers have been directed to ensure regular reporting of line listing of dengue patients.

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