Showing posts with label North Bengal Medical. Show all posts
Showing posts with label North Bengal Medical. Show all posts

COVID-19 infected Kalimpong woman passed away

West Bengal recorded its second death due to COVID-19 on Monday, when a 44-year-old woman passed away at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital.
COVID-19 infected Kalimpong woman passed away

“She passed away early in the morning. We are trying to isolate the doctors and medical staff who treated her. Attempts are also being made to isolate the patient’s relative who seem to spread across north Bengal,” P.K. Deb, principal of the medical college and hospital told The Hindu.

The lady hailed from Kalimpong town in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district and was admitted to hospital almost a week ago. On Saturday, test reports confirmed that she was positive. According to reports, she had travelled to Chennai on March 7 and returned to Darjeeling on March 19.
Earlier on March 23, a 57-year-old man died because of COVID-19 at a private health facility in Kolkata. West Bengal has recorded 20 cases of the virus infection, including people with travel history abroad and also others who came in direct contact with patients.

About 457 people have been tested for the contagious viral infection and 611 are under hospital isolation. The state has created a separate fund of ₹200 crore to combat the situation and is also seeking donations from corporates and individuals through the West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund.

Via The Hindu

106 Japanese Encephalitis (JE) deaths in North Bengal Siliguri

10:49 AM
July 22: One patient who had tested positive for Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and three with symptoms of the disease died in the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll across the region to 106 since January.
106 Japanese Encephalitis (JE) deaths in North Bengal Siliguri
The leader of the Opposition, Surjya Kanta Mishra,
 at NBMCH in Siliguri on Tuesday. Picture by Kundan Yolmo

Since July 6, over 50 people have died in north Bengal’s biggest government hospital, of which 22 were confirmed patients of Japanese Encephalitis.

According to hospital sources, most of the patients were from Jalpaiguri district, but some had also come from treatment from the Darjeeling hills as well as neighbouring Bihar. The hospital was unable to give a precise break-up on where patients had come from.

“One person who had tested positive for Japanese Encephalitis and three others suspected to be suffering from the disease died at NBMCH in the past 24 hours,” said hospital superintendent Amarendranath Sarkar.

At present, 40 patients, among them seven children, are under treatment at the medical college with symptoms of the disease. “At least seven of them are in critical condition and three are on life support,” Sarkar said.

Two of the patients who died today were 57 years old and the two others were in their forties.

Manish Kakkar, a microbiologist and faculty member at the Public Health Foundation of India, said: “In northeastern India, a large proportion of JE patients are adults. This has been observed in the last few years.”

While Bengal is among states where the disease has been circulating over the past several years, public health experts are concerned about the emergence of a strain of the virus called genotype-1 in Bengal and other states.

The earlier strain of the virus circulating in JE-affected districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal was genotype-3. But the genotype-1 strain appears to have emerged the dominant strain.

“The emergence of this new strain raises issues of whether the currently-used JE vaccine is effective against genotype-1,” said Kakkar. All current vaccines against JE are based on genotype-3 strains.

JE outbreaks have claimed thousands of lives across India’s eastern states over the past decade. In 2006, the Union health ministry introduced a Chinese-made vaccine against JE, but encephalitis cases have continued, virtually unabated.

While JE is caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites, scientists with the National Institute of Virology, Pune, have in recent years also detected evidence of water-borne enteroviruses that can also cause encephalitis.

Public health specialists have in the past expressed concern that India’s poor health surveillance network and its inability to detect early warning signs of impending outbreaks are allowing infections to flare into outbreaks.

Yesterday, Biswaranjan Satpathy, the state director of health services, had said 102 people with Japanese Encephalitis symptoms had died in north Bengal since January. Of them, 21 were diagnosed with Japanese Encephalitis. With the deaths today, the overall toll climbed to 106, and the number of confirmed Japanese Encephalitis deaths to 22.

Today, an expert from the Pune-based National Institute of Virology arrived in Siliguri to take test samples from patients suspected to be suffering from JE.

“We will collect samples, visit some of the affected areas and talk to officials and doctors on the encephalitis outbreak. Various tests will be conducted on the samples and then. We will submit our report,” said B.V. Tandale, a scientist from the epidemiology department of the NIV.

He was accompanied by Rahul Jagtap, a technician at the Pune institute.

Hospital superintendent Sarkar said health authorities in all seven districts of north Bengal have been instructed to start awareness drives on preventive measures, particularly in rural and remote areas. “In most of the cases, patients have been late in starting medication, which is one of the reasons for the deaths,” he said.

Source: Telegraph

Dialysis kits from the fair price shop at NBMCH

8:53 AM
Siliguri -The fair price shop at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital will start selling dialysis kits for patients suffering from renal diseases from next month.

 fair price shop at North Bengal
Fair price shop
“We have decided to provide dialysis kits from the fair price shop at NBMCH. The representatives of Apollo Pharmacy, which runs the fair price shop, have agreed to get the kits by mid-May,” said Sandeep Sengupta, a member of the fair price shop monitoring committee at the NBMCH.


North Bengal Medical College and Hospital facing acute blood shortage

9:44 AM
Siliguri: The Regional Blood Transfusion Centre at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital here is facing an acute blood shortage as no donation camps have been held for the past fortnight because of the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

North Bengal Medical College and Hospital facing acute blood shortage
North Bengal Medical College and
Hospital facing acute blood shortage
According to Mridumoy Das, the director of the centre, the facility is left with only 70 units of blood and if no camps are held in the coming week the existing stock will soon be exhausted.

“We are facing an acute shortage of blood of all groups at the centre because not a single blood donation camp has been held in the past fortnight. The blood stock has come down to 70 units and if no donation camps are held to replenish the stock, our blood units will be finished in the next two to three days,” Das said.

The blood transfusion centre supplies blood and blood components to patients admitted to NBMCH and other hospitals in and around Siliguri.

Das said the centre maintained a stock of 700 to 1,000 units of blood under normal circumstances and supplied 70 units to patients every day.

At present,the centre is providing blood only to relatives of patients if they can provide exchange donors to replenish the stock.

Source: Telegraph

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