H1N1 virus detected in Manipur
Imphal, July 15 (EMN): After a gap of almost two years, one fresh case of influenza A (H1N1) virus has been detected and confirmed on Saturday in Manipur. State Health Minister L Jayantakumar Singh disclosed this during a Press Conference here this afternoon.
He said the department got confirmation that one is suffering from Swine Flu after a series of necessary tests. The disease has become less alarming than before as there have been different measures taken up by the state health department to control and prevent ailing from the disease, he added.
The 45 year old individual who was admitted in Shija, a private hospital here since July 4 was found to be positive on July 14 after the arrival of his test report outside the state. Presently the individual from Imphal West district in Manipur which had been facing worst flood in the last 20 years since May is in the Intensive care unit of the hospital.
Maintaining that the state government has taken up necessary steps to fight new cases if any, he also informed that isolation wards are being reserved in JNIMS and RIMS hospitals for emergencies. Besides state surveillance team has been put to operation with the opening of a State Information Cell, he added.
Health minister appealed the public to be cautious and follow the health tips like washing hands often, avoiding crowded places, drinking plenty of water, plenty sleep, etc. to keep distance from such communicable diseases. State Health Services Director K Lokendro Singh and other department Officials attended day’s the Press Conference. The first case of Swine Flu was detected in Manipur in March 2015.
In another development, the number of confirmed Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Dengue cases has been rose to 48. Churachandpur district has been worst affected. Out of 48 confirmed cases reported so far from different parts of the State, 15 Dengue cases and 17 JE cases were reported from Churachandpur district alone, according to state health director Lokendro. “However district authorities have taken up necessary control measures including fogging exercise and mass awareness programmes at the places where JE and Dengue cases have been confirmed,” he added.