Condition of Nipah patient improves; starts walking without help
Kochi: The health condition of the youth, who is infected with Nipah virus attack, has improved, informed district Collector K Mohammed Y. Safirulla. His fever has been completely cured and can walk without external help, the Collector said.
At the same time, another person, a Varapuzha native, who had been in contact with the patient, has been admitted to the isolation ward. With this the number of patients in isolation ward reached seven.
On Monday, five samples including that of the new suspected person were sent for examination. It includes one each from Thrissur medical college, Idukki district hospital and the second phase examination samples of those at Ernakulam medical colleges.
Out of the 329 persons under observation, 52 are under high-risk category.
New isolation ward
A new isolation ward that can accommodate around 30 persons has been arranged at Kalamassery medical college. Trial run of the procedures to be followed after a patient arrives in ambulance until he is housed in the isolation ward was also conducted.
The expert team from National Institute of Virology collected samples from 52 fruit bats in and around Thodupuzha, Muttam areas. These will be sent to Pune. Samples will also be collected from Aluva and Paravoor areas. The expert team under Dr. Sudeep also includes scientists Dr. Gokhale and Dr. Balasubrahmanyan.
Awareness programme in schools
‘Varaikkam Arogyathinayi’, programme aimed to create awareness among school students about epidemics, their prevention and on health preservation will be conducted on Wednesday at LP, UP, High school, HSE, VHSE levels. The best creations at school level, sub-district level and district level will be rewarded.
A special awareness message will be read out in the school assemblies.
2,327 persons were trained on Monday in connection with Nipah virus infection prevention. With this a total of 18,655 persons have been trained in this regard.