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DM Vishak G Iyer inspects Zika affected localities on Saturday

KANPUR: Thirteen more Zika virus cases were reported in Kanpur on Saturday, taking the total cases reported so far to 79. The first Zika case was reported from the city on October 23.
The infection of Zika virus was confirmed in an Air Force officer belonging to Pardevanpurwa area of Chakeri. After that, 79 persons including the staff posted at the Air Force station and staying in the surrounding areas of Chakeri have contracted the infection.
“In the investigation report received by KGMU, Lucknow on Saturday, 13 more persons were found to be infected with the virus. Of the 13, 10 men and three women have contracted the virus. So far, 79 Zika infections have been found in the city, of which 55 are men and 24 are women,” chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Nepal Singh told TOI on Saturday.
The areas included Air Force Complex, Shyam Nagar E Block, Lal Bangla, Harjinder Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Lalkurti, Kazi Khera, Badli Purva, Ompurwa, Kakori, Koyla Nagar, Girija Nagar, Tulsi Nagar, Bhavani Nagar, Tiwaripur Bagiya, he said.
“Surveillance teams have been extensively touring Zika affected areas to destroy mosquito breeding points. Massive door-to- door survey, sampling, source reduction, cleanliness, drug spraying and awareness campaigns are being conducted,” said Dr GK Mishra, additional director medical health and family welfare, Kanpur division.
Meanwhile, in view of the rising number of cases in Shyam Nagar and Bhawanipur area of Dehali Sujanpur, the localities were inspected on Saturday by district magistrate Vishak G Iyer and municipal commissioner, Kanpur Nagar, Shivasharanappa GN.
The DM inspected the work of surveillance, source reduction, fogging, sampling and took information from the local people about the survey work done in their house by the team of Municipal Corporation, health department. On this, it was told by the concerned that the team had come and by whom the survey was conducted. While giving information, The DM asked that a call had come from the Zika control room to know the condition of the patient. On this, the DM was told that the call had come in the morning and the evening, and they told the authorities that the patient’s condition was fine.
Additional city magistrate (fifth), city health officer were present during the inspection.
Under the chairmanship of the district magistrate, the work for the prevention of Zika virus was reviewed in the Zika Virus Control Room set up at the Command Center (ICCC) located in the Municipal Corporation. The DM directed that every day calls should be made twice a day for the health information of the patients tested positive for Zika virus infection.
While directing the officers of the Municipal Corporation, DM said that monitoring of the work should be done like house surveillance, source reduction and fogging etc. “It should be done by the concerned officers of the Municipal Corporation in their presence,” said DM further.
He directed that the second Zika infection test of all those patients who came positive for Zika virus infection should be done at the scheduled time. For this, teams should be sent after making a list and for proper monitoring.

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