Nagpur: Keeping in mind the dengue epidemic that hit the city last monsoon, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) called a meeting to assess the preparedness of the various health organizations to handle a spike in cases of the disease. Officials from various departments of the civic body, medical officers from government hospitals, doctors from private hospitals and members of some non-governmental organizations attended the meeting.
“There is insufficient awareness about dengue among general public. We must start working towards this end,” standing committee chairman Ramesh Shingare told the officials. He also told all the doctors present that they must not declare a patient to be suffering from dengue until they are certain.
Assistant medical officer of Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital Dr Dilip Gedam requested NMC to provide the hospital with the ELISA kits to test blood samples of dengue patients. Shingare issued immediate orders for the necessary formalities to be initiated to buy the equipment from Pune.
Ruling party leader at NMC Dayashankar Tiwari said that while the NMC would be taking care of water logging and hygiene in other parts of the city, residential quarters of police and other governmental organizations must also do their part. Measures needed to prevent dengue were discussed and voted over by the participants of the meeting.