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NIPA: A week is crucial in the district, says Veena George

CNM Reporter

Contact list traced;18 in high risk group. Two health workers,diseased child’s mother symptomatic

Suggestion to exercise extreme caution

Health Minister Veena George has said that the next week will be crucial in preventing the spread of the virus in the case of the death of a 12-year-old boy in Kozhikode district. The Minister was addressing a meeting at the Collectorate Conference Hall in the presence of Ministers AK Sasindran, PA Mohammad Riaz and Ahmed Devarkovil on NIPA defense activities.
The pay ward block of the medical college has been shifted for NIPA treatment. The patients who were there were shifted to other wards. Eighteen people on the high risk list were admitted here. Those who confirm the disease will be admitted on the ground floor of the pay ward block and those who are under observation on the other two floors. The house of the child affected by NIPA is in Chathamangalam panchayath. A three-kilometer perimeter container zone was set up to cover the area near the house. Vigilance was issued in nearby areas, Kozhikode district, Malappuram and Kannur districts. The availability of medicines as required in connection with the treatment has been ensured.

For those under observation, the Point of Care (Trunat) examination will be held at Kozhikode Medical College this evening (September 6). A team from the Institute of Virology, Pune will set up a lab for this purpose. The minister also said that if the Point of Care test is found to be positive, a confirmatory test will be conducted at the Pune Virology Institute and the results will be available within 12 hours.

Currently only one positive case has been reported. The health department had called an emergency meeting soon after receiving the notification from the Pune Virology Institute. Various committees have been formed on this basis. A contact list has been prepared of those who have been in close contact with the child who has been confirmed to have the virus, as well as private clinics, private hospitals and medical colleges seeking treatment. There are currently 188 people on the contact list. Of these, 18 are at high risk. Two health workers have symptoms. One is an employee of a medical college and the other an employee of a private hospital.

A contact list is collected that no one leaves behind in connection with the child’s route map. Experienced health workers will also be utilized for NIPA activities. No worries, extreme caution must be exercised. The central team has arrived and is assessing the situation. Top officials of the health department will also visit the district. To the officials of the New Delhi Indian Council of Medical Research
New monoclonal antibody is required. The minister said he had received a reply that it would be available within seven days.

MK Raghavan MP, PTA Rahim MLA, District Panchayat President Sheeja Sasi and District Collector Dr.N. Tej Lohit Reddy, DCP Swapnil M Mahajan, District Medical Officer Dr. Jayasree V, Assistant Director, Health Department Dr. Vidya KR, Health Kerala District Program Manager Dr. A. Naveen and officials from various departments were present. Rajan Khobragade, Principal Secretary, Department of Health, attended online.

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