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Over 2000 Dengue cases in Nagaland

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No need to panic, says Health Department

KOHIMA, OCTOBER 27: A total of 2909 confirmed cases of Dengue have been detected in Nagaland since June this year while the Health and Family Welfare (HFW) Department has affirmed that the situation is totally under control and requested people not to panic.
“The Department is closely monitoring the situation and everything is under control while there is no need to panic despite the detection of more than 2909 confirmed cases of Dengue throughout the State”, said Mission Director of National Health Mission Nagaland, Dr. E Motsuthung Patton while addressing Reporters at the Directorate of HFW here today.
As per data provided by the Department since 2005, this is the highest detection of Dengue cases within a year.
A total of 8107 suspected samples were tested since June this year, of which 2909 have been found positive, he said.
In the past years the highest Dengue cases was 374 in 2018 while last year it was 154, he said.
The first confirmed case of Dengue detected through the Elisa Test was on June 15 at Dimapur, he said, adding that now it has spread to all districts, except Noklak.
He also said that close monitoring of Dengue cases is being done by the Department as Dengue Response Team has been constituted in every district, headed by Deputy Commissioner, and also State Task Force on Dengue, headed by HFW Minister and Directorate Emergency Task Force on Dengue.
State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP), Dr Nyanthung Kikon said that among the districts Dimapur has the highest Dengue patients at 1,398 while Mon district has second highest cases at 835.
He attributed the surge in Dengue to rapid urbanization, climate change and floods in the low lying areas of the State. First it was focused only at Dimapur, but slowly spread to all districts, he said.
On a positive note, Dr Kikon said that of the various Dengue types, the dengue hemorrhagic fever is the more virulent one but as per records available clinically Nagaland does not have the virulent type dengue.
He also said that after the one time surge, the cases are now in the decreasing trend.
The Department has been engaging in awareness creation through workshops, house-to-house campaigns and also media campaigns on education part of preventing the spread of Dengue in the State, he said.
State Project Office, NHM Nagaland, Dr Mereninla informed that the only death of Dengue patient in the State occurred in Mon on September that also not because of Dengue but other co-morbidity.
The Health officials, while expressing that Dengue, a vector-borne disease, is not curable but that prevention is the only cure therefore called upon the people to maintain cleanliness and hygiene and also not allow water stagnation within their surroundings as it would a reservoir for Dengue mosquito to lay its larva.
HFW Joint Director and former Chief Medical Officer Mon, Dr Vezokholu Theyo said Dengue month is July to September informed that District Task Force under Vector Borne Diseases is in place while several rounds of coordination meetings have been held.
She said that first case in Mon was detected on July 28 following which advocacy campaigns and also set up control room to look into the trend of the incidences and also the emergent pockets. Testing facilities have also been set up in District Hospital Mon.
“We went for advocacy to improve the early diagnosis of Dengue and to reach out to people who seldom comes for clinical services”” she said, adding that for Dengue everything is prevention and control while the prevention part is symptomatic.
Meanwhile, with regard to worries expressed on problems faced in Mon district, Dr Mereninla said it is more noticeable in Mon is because of the lack of health facilities. For the whole district of Mon, referral centre is District Hospital Mon only, she said.
Initially problems were faced as the District Hospital Mon though 100-beded had only 50 beds, she said however with the support of the Minister for Health & Family Welfare, P Paiwang Konyak, Konyak Baptist Church Council, Mon legislators and civil societies the bed capacities have been increased to 150.
She also said that the then CMO Mon, Dr Theyo has also streamlined the availability of staff from other areas into the District Hospital to overcome the shortage of staff for nursing care till the month of December. Some extra manpower including doctors, nurses and lab technicians were also sent from nearby districts, she said.
The Department also sent surplus medicines to give freel of cost to patients, she said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Director National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Dr Tinurenla informed that all the 2909 cases are confirmed through Elisa Test as the Ministry of Health does not accept positive cases detected through rapid test kits.
She said that since Dengue is a viral disease and lots of false positive cases are dectected through rapid test, therefore final confirmatory test has to be done through Elisa test.
(Page News Service)

Reported as on 26th October 2023

 

Dengue

SL.No. District Total Positive

Death

1 Dimapur

1398

 
2 Kiphire

59

 
3 Kohima

141

 
4 Longleng

17

 
5 Mokokchung

46

 
6 Mon

933

1

7 Peren

47

 
8 Phek

23

 
9 Tuensang(Includes Noklak)

1

 
10 Wokha

197

 
11 Zunheboto

6

 
12 others (Assam,)

31

 

Total

2899

 
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