Health Deptt declares swine-flu alert in State

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jul 2017 10:39:17


Staff Reporter,

TWO swine-flu reports were detected positive and the suspected patients were from Balaghat district where many swine-flu suspected patients are seen the State Government has declared in all parts of the state. All district health authorities and district hospital Civil Surgeons have been asked to instruct Government doctors to specially examine the patients of cough and cold whether they are suffering from swine-flu , particularly those cough and cold patients who have cough and for more than one week.

However, the Government hospitals and Community Health Centres (CHCs) have not yet started Special OPD in view of finding swine-flu patients and even danger posed in this rainy season.Senior officer in Health Department said that, in rainy season due to wet the swine-flu virus becomes more active.

The old drugs of swine-flu are termed as temi-flu that were in store were distributed from Central drugs store to all district hospitals and CMHOs to give the swine-flu positive (C) category patients only. “We will not purchase more drugs this year for swine flu as whatever the drugs we have for swine- flu are sufficient to face challenge of swine-flu this year. As last year very few swine-flu drugs were used due to patients found less then expectation. Drugs for swine-flu were purchased more, said the senior health officer.

Sources said that health officers have been asked to co-ordinate with private hospitals so the swine-flu patients’ information admitted in their hospital might reach regularly to the Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs). As two samples of swine-flu suspected patients from Balaghat were tested positive, the extra efforts have been made there to be alert more to control it. Weekly information is being received from Balaghat.

It is learnt that that Health Department might not provide temi-flu medicines to the private hospitals or nursing homes like last year to those patients who admitted to their hospitals and nursing homes. When contacted Dr K L Sahu, Director of Health, looking after swine-flu and other seasonal disease work, said that no new drugs for swine-flu will be purchased this year as there is adequate stock of drugs for swine-flu. We have declared alert for swine-flu in all parts of the state after finding two swine-flu patients’ sample reports tested positive. The drugs for this disease have been distributed to all district health authorities, he said.