Hepatitis outbreak in Gujarat under control: Minister

February 14th, 2009 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, Feb 14(IANS) Nearly 10 people have died of Hepatitis B in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district six days after the virus broke out but the state health minister Saturday said the situation was “under control”.

“I am on my way to Modassa and I am going to see that all necessary steps are being taken and nothing is left to chance,” Health Minister Jayanarayan Vyas told IANS.

“Only 10 deaths have been reported and 35 persons hospitalised. There is no need for panic unless the press creates one,” Vyas said, adding that all necessary measures are being taken in the last three days.

Meanwhile Epidemic Medical Officer of Sabarkantha A.K. Bhati raided 10 premises of medical practitioners in Modassa Saturday.

“We had taken samples of syringes and other equipments from different medical practitioners to ensure that proper medical norms are observed when injectibles are being used. The outcome of the report will be available by (Saturday) evening,” Bhati said.

A three-member team of B.J. Medical College Ahemdabad led by Nayan Qadri that arrived at Modassa Thursday had during its verification found a doctor Govindbhai G. Patel guilty of not using disposable syringes and not sterilising them.

A police complaint is being filed against him though Govindbhai himself is missing from his dispensary, Bhati added. “Presently 27 paramedics and five doctors are surveying the area,” he said.

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