Health Deptt to start swine-flu awareness programmes

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Aug 2017 12:14:03


Staff Reporter,

CONSIDERING hike in swine-flu suspected patients due to activating H1N1 virus in the rainy season, the Health Department has decided to start swine-flu awareness programmes. Swine- flu suspected patients’ samples are reached to the Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) everyday from where these samples are sent to Virology Laboratory Jabalpur.

When the samples of swine-flu patients are garnered more, the district health authorities send samples to All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS). Every day three to four samples of swine-flu suspected patients are sent to the lab. Most of the samples received by the CMHO office are from private hospitals and nursing homes like the previous years. Hardly few samples of swine-flu suspected patients are collected in the Government hospitals, despite having all facilities as sample collection kit, three layered masks etc.

Two swine-flu suspected patients’ sample testing report is awaited and is expected to come on Saturday. In this connection, the district health authorities Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) have been asked to take up measures for swine-flu preventions in their districts. In last four years, swine-flu patients were more in some districts. Senior health officers issued directives to all CMHOs to start special Out Patient Department (OPD) but hardly any CMHO has yet started special OPD for swine-flu suspected patients.

There is lack of co-ordination between the CMHOs and private hospital doctors regarding swine-flu patients’ treatment. As, the Health Department has denied private hospitals the medicines to give free of charge to swine-flu ‘C’ category patients, masks and sample collection kits etc.
Three layered masks and kits to collect nasal swab sample of swine-flu suspected patients were given to the private hospitals and nursing homes .

When they get it free from the Government, they could not charge its cost from the swine-flu patients.When contacted Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Sudhir Jaisani said that, few swine-flu samples have been received everyday and sent to the Virology Lab, Jabalpur. Reports of previous samples have been tested negative while two samples’ test report is awaited, he said.