Swine flu claims 5 lives so far in city

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Feb 2019 12:12:45


Staff Reporter,

38 swine flu cases reported in city

SWINE flu cases have increased with rise in cold conditions in the State capital. Bhopal has reported 38 swine flu patients, out of which 5 have died from January 1 to February 10. In wake of rising swine flu cases, the CMHO has issued an alert to make people aware of the virus and give necessary suggestions on how can one avoid coming in contact with the fatal vitus. So far, five people have died while undergoing treatment in different government hospitals. Some of them have come from nearby districts to avail better treatment.

Dr Nasim Ullah Khan, Chief Medical and Health Officer of Bhopal, told ‘The Hitavada’ that swine flu is very dangerous influenza that is caused due to H1N1 virus. Swine flu causes lung congestion and this also triggers other infections and diseases prevailing in the body. He said that symptoms of swine flu are similar to other influenzas including fever, lung congestion, sore throat, body ache etc, population and doctors should stay alert.

Dr Khan told that swine flu is contagious that spreads via virus. It may spread through cough and saliva that mixes in the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs or pukes. He said that suppose an infected person coughs and touches a door knob and later if a non-infected person touches the same knob then he may get infected to swine flu. “People should not ignore any influenza especially during cold as swine flu increases in cold weather. I suggest people to use their arms instead of palms while coughing as they greet people or do other jobs with the help of palms. This may reduce the chances of swine flu to spread. People should visit nearest doctor and get proper treatment for all sorts of influenzas,” said Dr Khan.

Health Deptt issues alert

CONSIDERING continuous increase in number of swine flu patients in the city and adjoining states, Health Department has issued alert for people of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. Experts have mentioned that abrupt changes in weather can trigger swine flu cases. During cold weather H1N1 influenza spreads vividly therefore experts have suggested people to take special care during this period. The Health Department has suggested people to visit nearest doctors, if in case they witness any symptoms. Meantime, the Department has also suggested medical officers to ensure that they render best services to swine flu patients. The Department has also instructed all the doctors to collect samples of every suspected patient and send it to nearest virology labs. The doctors are instructed to give prompt treatment and required “Tamiflu” dose to every swine flu patient.