Saturday, January 25, 2020

Doctors, Gaya airport alerted against coronavirus

Patna: The state health department has sounded an alert against the new coronavirus (CoV) which has infected large number of people in China and killed 26 till Friday afternoon. The civil surgeons have been instructed to orient their health workers, stock up sufficient number of masks and form a sample collecting team to tackle any emergency situation.
State surveillance officer Dr Ragani Mishra said though the virus had not been detected in India and people should not panic. She further said Union ministry of health and family welfare, in coordination with civil aviation authority, has issued advisory to all the international airports.

“This virus is so new that even its incubation period is not known. Hence, it is better to take precaution and create awareness. Also, no one has come to Bihar from China recently, but students or any individual of our state staying in China can return. So, we have to be on alert,” she said.

In the instructions given to the districts, civil surgeons have been told to form a district surveillance unit, a sample collecting team in each government medical college and hospital and ensure sufficient stock of masks. Mishra said the sample collected will be sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune for test.

Union ministry of health and family welfare regional director (Bihar and Jharkhand) Dr Kailash Kumar said Gaya airport authorities have been instructed in this regard.

There are daily flights from Gaya to Bangkok and Yangon till March-April, three flights in a week to Paro from December to February or extended up to March and one weekly flight to Hanoi from October to March.

25/01/20 Sheezan Nezami/Times of India
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