The Centre will finally end the crisis over dengue test kits in Jamshedpur.
Delhi-based National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), which functions under the ministry of health for prevention and control of vector-borne diseases, has dispatched a consignment of MAC Elisa dengue test kits procured from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, in response to the state malaria department’s requests.
State consultant for the programme Sagya Singh said, “NVBDCP has prioritised our demand and arranged the test kits from NIV-Pune. We have been told that the kits have already been dispatched and will arrive in Jamshedpur.”
The official added they had asked district surveillance officer Swarn Singh and malaria officer L.B.P. Singh to send 22 serum samples to RIMS, Ranchi.
But, the district health department is yet to send the 22 samples, which were collected on Wednesday. Swarn Singh had told The Telegraph that the samples could not be sent on Wednesday, a state holiday due to Karma festival.
The surveillance officer, also the district additional chief medical officer, said on Friday: “We were told by the NVBDCP consultant that the dengue test kits have been dispatched from Delhi. We contacted the programme’s deputy director, Kalpana Birua, in Delhi and we expect the consignment of kits anytime tomorrow. So we decided against sending the samples to Ranchi.”