Nipah: CM to chair review meet; Govt to receive results of 4 samples today
Kochi: A review meeting chaired by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan will be held in the capital on Thursday evening to take stock of the present situation arising due to Nipah. The CM, health minister, officials from the health department will attend the meet and assess the course of action taken by the government so far.
Hospital officials said that the Nipah affected student is stable and his condition is satisfactory. He is responding to Rebavirin medicine. An official in the private hospital where the student is being treated also said his condition was stable. "He is conscious. He is taking food," the official said.
Samples collected from the six people, currently being treated at the isolation ward of Kalamassery medical college hospital, have been sent to the National Institute of Virology at Pune and a government lab in Alappuzha and the results will be known by Thursday evening.
Seven people are presently under observation at the isolation ward. A lady from Kothamangalam was also brought to the Kalamassery hospital yesterday.
A total of 314 people from various districts are currently under observation, a government bulletin said Wednesday evening.
A medical bulletin said there was enough stock of rebavirin medicine for treating the disease. Other medical equipment required for treatment have also been made available.
Health minister K K Shailaja said treatment for Nipah will start only if their blood test confirm they have contracted the infectious disease.
"We should be very careful till the completion of the incubation period of the virus," she said. At present, they were being treated for fever and sore throat, said the minister. She said officials have launched efforts to trace the source of the deadly virus.
Tracing the source of the virus would be a difficult task, the minister said.
Meanwhile, the Ernakulam district administration said schools in the district will be opened on Thursday after the two-month long vacation.
Precautionary measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the disease in the district, district collector Muhammed Y Safirulla said in a statement here.