Patna, Mar 5 : Nearly 121 travelers who have returned to Bihar from various countries inflicted with Coronavirus, have been put under surveillance in the state which is on high alert for coronavirus Giving details for the preparation for corona virus in Bihar, the health minister Mangal Pandey said here today that besides 121 passengers enrolled for observation since January 15, 53 have already completed 14 days observation .
He said in view of a confirmed case of corona virus in Nepal adjoining Bihar, special vigil was being maintained in the bordering areas and 49 transit points have been made at the Indo-Nepal border. Pandey said that 111984 passengers were screened at transit points during which one symptomatic case was detected. He said that all Buddhsist spots were under surveillance at Araria, Vaishali , Gaya and Nalanda districts. The hotels at the Buddhist spots had been advised to keep special eyes on the passengers exhibiting any symptoms of even flue.
The minister said that apart from hospitals isolation ward has been set up at the airports for convenience. The minister said that 17187 passengers were screened at Patna and Gaya airport during which none of them were found with the symptomps.
He said that 50 samples have so far been collected out of which no positive case was detected. The health ministry while issuing do’s and don’ts’ for the virus appealed to the people to stay at home in case they develop any symptom and immediately call 104 or contact the nearest health centre. Outlining the district level preparations Mr Pandey said that the doctors and the other staff of the medical college hospitals and that of the health centres as well as government hospitals have been given with immediate training to handle the suspected cases.
He said that authorities have been directed to regularly monitor the situation at panchayat level and aware the people about the protection from virus. Meanwhile, a suspected case of coronavirus was detected in Sherghati of Gaya district. Ankit Raj (25) who was found with the symptoms had been put in isolation ward at Anugrah Narayan Magadha Medical College Hospital. Anki was pursuing his medical studies at China and had come back on February 7 from Kolkata via Maleshiya.His samples have been sent to RMRI Patna for investigation.
It may be recalled that altogether five people were suspected to be found with the symptoms of Corona virus out of which the investigation report of four were found to be negative and the the report of Ankit Raj was awaited. Bihar government has already sounded alert across the state. Mr Pandey maintained though there was no threat of coronavirus in the state at present but the state government is taking all possible precautionary measures.
All airports, railway stations, bus stands and hospitals have been put on high alert, he informed saying that the health department has directed all the district administration to remain cautious and prepared for immediate investigations and provide treatment to the suspected patients. Mr Pandey said that isolation ward of seven beds have been made at Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) which is on maximum alert.
Apart from this, isolation wards with five beds have been arranged in all sadar hospitals across the state. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reiterated that the government was on alert mode for coronavirus. He said here that the health department has been directed to adopt all possible measures to tackle it and appealed to the people to avoid visiting crowded areas and follow the ‘Do’s and Don’t’s’ . (UNI)