Times of India | 1 week ago | 24-11-2022 | 07:45 am
AHMEDABAD: Three-member teams will be deployed in Ahmedabad, Ranchi in Jharkhand and Malappuram in Kerala to assess the upsurge in cases of measles, according to a release by the Union government on Wednesday. 'The teams will assist the state health authorities in instituting public health measures and facilitate operationalization of requisite control and containment measures,' mentioned the release. While the state health department remained in denial mode about the surge, city-based pediatricians confirmed that they have been witnessing steady stream of cases involving toddlers and slightly older kids in age group 3-7 years. Experts from PHO, Mumbai, Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital (KSCH), New Delhi and Regional Office of Health and Family Welfare (RoHFW), Ahmedabad will comprise the central team to Ahmedabad. The teams will also undertake field visits to investigate the outbreak and assist the state health departments in terms of public health measures, management guidelines and protocols to manage the increasing cases of measles being reported in the three cities. Dr Chetan Trivedi, a city-based pediatrician and member of the executive board of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, said that he sees 5-7 cases daily. "I believe that one of the reasons could be skipping the vaccines during the Covid period. These children were also not exposed naturally to the virus due to closure of schools and outside activities and did not develop resistance," he said. Dr Nirav Benani, a city-based paediatrician, agreed with the observation, and said that majority of the kids with the symptoms are non-vaccinated. Measles is acute viral respiratory illness characterized by fever, cough and conjunctivitis. Rashes appear in some of the children's bodies, said experts.