226 found infected with both PF and PV malaria

226 found infected with both PF and PV malaria
Bareilly: With 524 fresh cases of killer plasmodium falciparum (PF) reported in Bareilly on Monday, the total figure has reached 2,465 in the district. Even both PF and plasmodium vivax (PV) have been found in 226 persons and the presence of both infections make it deadly. Besides, as 1,408 persons were detected with PV on Monday, the cumulative figure stands at 5,295.

Chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Vineet Shukla said, “During tests, it was found that 236 persons have both PF and PV malaria infections. The treatment is the same as in PF malaria cases.”

Of the 524 PF cases reported on Monday, the maximum 294 were reported in Majhgavan, followed by Bhamora 99.

As the PF cases are on the rise, the health department said they have sufficient medicines and Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits to confirm malaria cases.

CMO said, “The state government supplied medicines to Bareilly after it was airlifted from Tamil Nadu few days ago. The state government is also talking with the Centre for the supply of more medicines.

“PF medicine kit has a combination of three drugs for three days. The quantity of medicine varies according to age and body weight of the patient. Besides, we are also buying RDT kits from GeM portal according to our requirement.”

So far, 46 persons died due to fever in the past one month. The department has used 34,916 RDT kits for the detection of malaria till now.

Meanwhile, two wards have been reserved for PF patients at the district hospital.

Chief medical superintendent, district hospital, Dr KS Gupta said, “As seven cases of PF has been detected at the district hospital till now, we have reserved two wards with a total of 25 beds and mosquito nets for such patients. Although only 10 PF patients have been admitted here, we have reserved the remaining beds for emergency.”

According to health department, 110 teams are conducting RDT and distributing medicines in 109 affected villages of the district. The department has distributed 39,869 ORS packets and 54,373 chlorine tablets among residents, so far. Besides, the health department has sprayed larvicidal in 888 villages and fogged 150 villages.

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