Special Correspondent

Two suspected polio cases were reported

Samples being sent to Chennai

VISAKHAPATNAM: Mosquito eradication and other measures were taken up in Narasimha Nagar in Gopalapatnam area after M. Trinadh (8) died due to dengue on Tuesday night.

Trinadh was initially treated at a private hospital and was brought to the King George Hospital in a highly critical condition on Monday evening. It appeared that the treatment for dengue started late and by the time he was brought to KGH he had almost collapsed and developed multi-organ failure, said District Medical and Health Officer P. Rajendra Prasad on Wednesday.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad along with District Malaria Officer Appala Naidu and other officials and staff of the department and Municipal Corporation’s Malaria Surveillance Officer surveyed the area on Tuesday and started anti-mosquito measures. The locals were also told to keep their homes and adjacent area clean and not allow water to get stagnated as it was the breeding ground for mosquitoes. The DMO was instructed to take up anti-larva operations once in a week.

Blood smears of eight patients suffering with fever in that area were collected and sent for examinations. On Wednesday a private nursing home reported a suspected case of dengue to the DMHO. The case was sent to the hospital from Tuni in East Godavari district.

GVMC Chief Medical Officer M.S. Raju also visited the area. An awareness campaign was being launched about the need to keep the surrounding clean and avoid water stagnation.

Polio surveillance

During the routine surveillance against polio, two cases of acute flassi paralysis (AFP) were reported from the rural areas on Wednesday. There were many reasons for AFP but a test would be done to determine if it was polio, Dr. Rajendra Prasad said. The cases were reported from Bangarampalem under Sarvasiddhi PHC in S. Rayavaram mandal, which is near the coast and from Bangarayyapalem under Haripalem PHC in Atchutapuram mandal. The stools samples were being sent to the virology lab in Chennai.