Swine flu alert, hospitals asked to get prepared

NC Correspondent. 
Taking into account the rising number of cases of swine-flu (H1N1), government hospitals in the state have been asked to be fully prepared to treat patients with the disease. Principal Secretary Public Health and Family Welfare issued these instructions while conducting a daily review of swine flu, dengue and chikungunia diseases.

Swine flu – Don’t panic, just be alert

-Do not neglect pneumonia-like symptoms of cold, cough, fever, sore throat, severe headache, problem in breathing etc. 

-Get a test done at the nearest health centre. 

-If found flu positive, take a complete course of medicines as per the doctor’s advice and take rest.

-Consume maximum hot liquids. Wash your hands with soap before and after touching your nose, mouth or eyes. 

-Avoid coming in contact with others with such sympoms.

Dr. Lokendra Dave,Gandhi Medical College.
All districts would be reviewed through video conferencing on August 10 for effective control on swine flu. Under this Head of Department of Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal Dr. Lokendra Dave and AIIMS Microbiologist Dr. Devashish Vishwas will discuss H1N1 virus, prevention and treatment with Medical Specialist Civil Surgeon–cum-Chief Hospital Superintendent and Block Medical Officer.
Out of samples of 86 suspected patients sent for examination between July 1 and August 7 in the state, 80 reports have come in which 16 have been reported positive and six sample reports are awaited. At present 4 patients are undergoing treatment in government hospitals and 7 in private hospitals. During this period, 40 patients of dengue have been found in 14 districts out of which one patient is undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, 6 patients have been diagnosed with chikungunia in 3 districts. No chikungunia patient is undergoing treatment. During this period, one swine flu death has been reported in the state.

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