47 Dengue cases in Nagaland

47 Dengue cases in Nagaland
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/13/2018 11:52:04 AM IST


 Chümoukedima area is under the grip of Dengue outbreak, after it recorded the highest number of 45 cases in the state, while two others- one each- were reported at Borlengri(near Dimapur) and Mokokchung.

 According to Dimapur District Vector Borne Officer, Dr Imliwabang Aier, a total of 296 suspected cases were tested at the Sentinel Surveillance Site Lab (SSSL), District Hospital Dimapur from July till August 9, and 47 were confirmed positive for Dengue.

The samples were collected from both government and private hospitals. He further said that Dengue can only be confirmed when it is shown positive in the ELISA test. He informed that the test kit (ELISA) is only available at SSSL, District Hospital Dimapur. 

Dr.Aier also said all private medical institutions have also been asked to send the samples which showed positive on the rapid tests (card test), to the SSSL so as to get a confirmed result. 

He also said all government and private hospitals were categorically informed that they should confirm dengue only after the result was positive in the ELISA test.  Dimapur’s chief medical officer (CMO), Dr. K. Vikato Kinimi also stressed the importance of sending reports of patients tested positive in the card tests to the SSSL.  He also pointed out that until Dengue is confirmed in the ELISA test, people should not be worried.

Dr.Kinimi also informed that adequate measures have been taken up to create awareness and to prevent the spread of dengue, through community sensitization, fogging and social work drives. These are being implemented with the support of the district medical department, National Vector Borne Diseases Control and the public, he said.

He also said that even though the medical department was doing its best, the support of the public was vital. He reiterated that the most effective measure against Dengue is for people to prevent water logging and accumulation of stagnant water to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. 


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