Feb 22 :In Gujarat, the outbreak of Hepatits in Sabarkantha district has so far claimed 38 lives while over one hundred and thirty patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. Two more doctors in Modasa town at whose clinic several Hepatitis patients were treated have been booked under charges of culpable homicide. Police filed complaint against Dr. Govind Patel and his son Chintan Patel.
Most of the people infected with Hepatitis in Modasa town has taken treatment from Dr. Govind Patel in the last six months. When officials of state health department had raided Patel’s clinic they had found used syringes and undisposable medical waste. A total of seven doctors have been arrested for illegal medical practice in Modasa town and adjoining areas.
Meanwhile, four central medical teams are now in Sabarkantha and are innoculating the staff at public health centres and government run hospitals.
The government has also decided to undertake mass vaccination in the town and nearby villages.
Gujarat health minister Jaynarayan Vyas had said that they have ordered six lakh Hepatitis B vaccines for mass vaccination programme which will be done in three rounds, beginning from Modasa.