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Strategy change to fight virus

A new line of treatment and monitoring of acute encephalitis syndrome cases by a team of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, would help battle the virus in the district.

NCDC, which is formulating strategies to cut down chances of death owing to the virus, would look after the healthcare of children susceptible to acute encephalitis syndrome in the district from April 10. The advent of summer has increased the chance of children falling prey to the virus. A few cases have already been reported at the Kejriwal Maternity Clinic.

Doctors attached to Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital, Kejriwal Maternity Clinic and Government Sadar Hospital, apart from those posted in primary and additional primary health centres, have been briefed on the new line of treatment for children afflicted with the virus. The doctors first have to administer pills or doses to maintain the sugar level in patients before opting for pathological tests.

SKMCH superintendent G.K. Thakur told The Telegraph: “We have set up a fully-equipped 10-bed intensive care unit (ICU) in the hospital for children afflicted with the encephalitis syndrome. The NCDC team has requested us to conduct CT and MRI scan of such children apart from pathological examination. Earlier, the kids used to undergo blood tests first before consuming prescribed drugs. Their blood sugar level was never monitored, which possibly led to deterioration of their health.”

The NCDC team, led by senior epidemiologist Dr Padmini Srikanthan, has stressed on the strict adherence of guidelines for examining the sugar level in children coming to the health centres.

Encephalitis experts, including neuro specialists and virologists belonging to National Institute of Virology, Pune, and other parts of the country and abroad, would reach Muzaffarpur by April 10 to monitor the situation and to tackle the menace this summer.


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