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Acute Encephalitis Syndrome Outbreak in Bihar: Dr Harsh Vardhan deploys 8 Advanced life support Ambulances


Acute Encephalitis Syndrome Outbreak in Bihar: Dr Harsh Vardhan deploys 8 Advanced life support Ambulances

Dr Vardhan added that 16 senior district officials and medical personnel have been sent to the vulnerable blocks for monitoring and early identification of cases and ensuring daily reporting. Their headquarters have also been shifted to these blocks also.

New Delhi:  Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday instructed for the deployment of eight advanced life support ambulances (ALS) in the affected districts of Bihar to contain the situation arising due to the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) cases in the state.

The Minister said eight additional advanced life support ambulances have been pressed into service for transportation of critical patients under the National Health Mission (NHM).

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The central teams of 10 paediatricians and five para-medics sent yesterday, have been deployed in the field and have started working in coordination with the state government.

Dr Vardhan added that 16 senior district officials and medical personnel have been sent to the vulnerable blocks for monitoring and early identification of cases and ensuring daily reporting. Their headquarters have also been shifted to these blocks also.

He said the District Collector (DC) has now got involved and is personally taking responsibility.

Dr Vardhan has deputed the Senior Deputy Collectors (SDC)/District level officers to lead various block teams.

These teams will be assisted by a district level Medical Officer and Medical Officer in charge (MOIC) to do the overall work at block level. He added that the state has been given instructions to switch to daily surveillance and monitoring for detecting early warning signs of the disease, the Minister said.

“The state government has started a social audit along with active case finding campaign through house to house survey and moving the prospective patients to the nearest PHC for early intervention. Surprise checks are also being conducted at the PHCs by the Senior Deputy Collectors. Additionally, the early morning inspection of Anganwadi Centres is also being undertaken by SDCs and Child development Project Officers. They are also distributing of ORS to each house in the affected villages,’ he stated.

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The ANMs and ASHAs have been directed to visit every house for raising awareness about AES/JE by distributing pamphlets and brochures. Awareness is also being created through other measures such as miking and inter-personal communication.

Also, an ICMR team of experts has been deployed at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) hospital for making the virology lab operational at the earliest, Dr Vardhan stated.

The Union Health Minister stated that the multi-disciplinary team deployed earlier is reviewing all the case records of AES patients, admitted and treated in 2019.

“The team is reviewing the case records of discharged and deceased AES patients at SKMCH using a standardized tool to know the reasons for mortality. We expect to complete the activity in next two to three days. A similar exercise will be undertaken in the Kejriwal Hospital,” Dr Vardhan said.

The multi-disciplinary team will systematically collect clinical, nutritional and epidemiological information from AES patients hospitalized since 18 May 2019.

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Orientation training of all pediatricians of SKMCH will also be conducted in batches over the next few days on clinical case management and treatment protocol of AES and brief the new team about case assessment, investigations and treatment protocols already in place and request them to continue the same.


Source: UNI
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  1. Govt has to focus more & more on preventive healthcare.Spending on preventive healthcare is more economical & prudent than spending huge amount in aftercare service.A doctor treats a patient only when he is sick.Than why can\’t the govt chalk out plans so that people do not fall sick ? Of course,even after all measures there will be need for hospitals & doctors,but there will be a substantial cut in the requirement.Govt can put thrust on the following measures : –
    Pollution control ( air,water & noise)
    sanitation & hygiene
    solving malnutrition
    Adequate vaccination
    Curbing drug.alcohol & tobacco abuse
    encouraging yoga & physical exercises in educational institutions
    Provision of clean & safe drinking water
    Providing good roads & implementation of strict traffic rules to reduce accidents
    strict rules & measures to control growth of population
    bringing awareness among people on health education
    Afforestation
    data segregation on diseases etc in different areas & management to that effect.

    All the above cited measures will help the country a lot in term of public health. Presently many institutions are providing two years course on public health.But it should be made five years integrated course.Students with a five year integrated course on public health will be of immense use for the country.If public health is given due importance than the requirement of opening huge number hospitals & medical colleges will not be there. Hence the requirement of the day is not engaging doctors,it is the need to focus on preventive healthcare & public health.At the same time govt should not post some doctors as public health officials,public health should be made a five years integrated course & such trained professionals only should be assigned such responsibilities.