Medical officers to conduct door-to-door survey

The survey, which began on Sunday, had the medical staff visiting residences at random in the City to check on the prevalence and incidence of different Influenzas present in the community.

The "active surveillance" initiated by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) along with the State Health and Family Welfare Department and BBMP (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike) will study the pattern of Influenzas present in the City in the next 15 days.

BBMP surveillance officer Dr Manoranjan Hegde said the team has already visited 29 wards in two days.  "A team of two doctors and paramedical staff will visit at least 100 houses in each ward to check the pattern of influenzas," he said.

Dr Hegde said that the survey is not only to check on the H1N1 Influenza, but also to keep an eye on other types of seasonal influenzas. He added that medical officer visiting different houses gets all the information of the family members in the house including the name, sex and age group and checks if any member had suffered with any kind of flu like symptoms in the past 15 days.

All the patterns of sickness are taken into account including details of any person being tested positive for H1N1 Influenza recently.  If there is a death due to the H1N1 Influenza, details of the family members of the deceased are taken separately, Hegde added.

The State Surveillance Officer Dr Vasudeva Murthy, explaining the importance of this survey, said the reports would give them a 'warning signal' for future. "The second wave may or may not occur in Bangalore, but we need to be vigilant.  While conducting the survey, we will catergorise people according to ILI (Influenza like illness) and guide them accordingly,” he said.

DH News Service

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