Imphal, Aug. 16: Medical officials of Manipur collected blood samples from persons suspected to have dengue at the border township of Moreh, neighbouring Myanmar’s Tamu town.
Official sources at Moreh said a medical team, led by N. Birendra, chief medical officer of Chandel district, had collected 42 blood samples yesterday from patients suffering from suspected dengue. These will be tested at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences here.
According to records at Moreh hospital and Moreh primary health centre, 456 patients having symptoms of dengue were treated at the two healthcare centres between June and August 12. But tests are being carried out for the first time.
Dengue had surfaced in Moreh in 2007. Two minor girls, suspected to be suffering from the disease, had been brought from the border town to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences here in October 2007. While one of them died at the hospital, the other tested positive for dengue. There were outbreaks of the disease in Churachandpur district in the state in November 2011 and October 2012 but no casualties were reported.
“We have taken adequate measures to tackle the situation in Moreh and have sounded an alert in the district. The administration, in co-operation with the office of the chief medical officer, will take the steps necessary to deal with the situation,” the chief medical officer said.
Birendra had yesterday reviewed the situation with doctors and nurses of Moreh hospital and health centre. The hospital and the centre appealed to the people to get their blood samples tested as a precautionary measure. They also appealed to Moreh residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes. Sources at Moreh, the gateway for Indo-Myanmar border trade, said there was an outbreak of suspected dengue in Tamu.