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MGM cell to halt dengue march

Jamshedpur, Nov. 1: With dengue stalking the steel city like never before, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College and Hospital has planned to set up a special cell — equipped with lab and telemedicine facilities — to deal with the killer disease as well as cases of cerebral malaria.

S.S. Prasad, the superintendent of the government hospital, revealed that a team of three doctors would undergo a special training on vector-borne diseases, to be conducted by the Union health ministry in New Delhi in phases from mid-December, for the purpose.

Prasad, who is also the head of pathology at MGM, said the doctors would be selected from the departments of medicine, microbiology and paediatrics very soon.

"The special training will be given under the National Vector-borne Disease Control Programme. The team will learn how to control spread of diseases," he said, adding that the focus would be on dengue.

The disease has taken almost epidemic proportions in this part of the state, prompting the central training invite to the state health department.

In 2005, only three cases of dengue were reported from the steel city and the disease remained confined to Jugsalai. The following years, too, saw few number of dengue victims. This year, however, the disease has already claimed three lives, including that of a doctor.

As many as 384 cases of suspected dengue have been reported from various parts of the city and its adjoining areas in the past two months. The victims were admitted to different hospitals and private nursing homes, from where many were also released after treatment.

The MGM superintendent said once the doctors returned from training, the separate cell for dengue and malaria would be set up. "The cell will be headed by one of the three doctors, and be equipped with adequate number of nurses, ward boys, a lab and a telemedicine centre."

The state health department is also believed to have asked Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad, to recommend doctors for the training.

However, Dhanbad civil surgeon Kameshwar Prasad and RIMS director A.K. Mahto said they hadn't yet received any such communication from the health department.source-telegraphindia.com

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