Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Virus alert at Bihar airports, stations

Patna:The state health department has stepped up surveillance in the wake of spread of dengue, chikungunya, zika and H1N1 (influenza A) virus cases in other states and the possibility of the outbreak of the diseases due to migration of people in the ongoing festive season. The department has asked authorities of Patna and Gaya airport apart from major railway stations and Inland Water Ways Authority of India to inform travellers about the symptoms of these diseases and ask them to get themselves checked at the isolation room or health check-up counter to be created at those facilities if they exhibit any of the four viral diseases’ symptoms.

The airport, railway station and waterways authorities have been asked to provide space for setting up of an isolation room or health counter at their facilities.

Sanjay Kumar, principal health secretary and chief executive officer of the State Health Society, issued the notification on this on Monday.

“The notification says that in-flight announcement has to be done for the passengers for self-reporting — if they have fever — to the health counter to be set up at the airport and prepare a list of all fever cases with special emphasis on pregnant women,” said an official of the health department’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).
The official, who spoke under cover of anonymity, said that the department would provide a three-to four member team at each airport and station consisting of a medical officer, a nurse and a technician who would conduct rapid diagnostic test on the passengers to check whether they are suffering from dengue or chikungunya.
24/10/18  Shuchismita Chakraborty/Telegraph