Sib Kumar Das
300 patients administered medicine module in eight months
Chikungunya makes patient immobile with severe pain Patients given 50 to 100 mg for each kg of their weight
BERHAMPUR: Doses of steroid and aspirin can prove to be panacea for speedy recovery of chikungunya patients from poly-arthritic symptoms caused by the disease claims assistant professor of medicine of MKCG medical college, Umashankar Mishra. Usually steroids are avoided in viral diseases as they cause proliferation of viruses that may be fatal for the patient.
Chikungunya is also a viral disease with severe poly-arthritic symptoms that make the patient immobile with severe pain and inflammation of joints. Like other viral diseases it is yet to have a cure. Dr. Mishra claimed that use of regular doses of steroid and aspirin led to speedy recovery of chikungunya patients within seven to 14 days.
During the last eight months he had administered the medicine module to around 300 suspected chikungunya cases from parts of Ganjam and Gajapati district, who came to Berhampur for treatment. Their blood samples were tested positive for chikungunya in the tests conducted by the National Institute of Virology at Pune, he said. Dr Kasinath Padhihari also supported Mr Mishra's claim. Dr Kasinath said patients suffering from chikungunya normally take more than a month or at times around three months to completely recover from poly-arthritic syndromes. With regular administration of steroids and aspirin they recover in a week or two, he said.