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57 positive cases of swine flu in Punjab, 26 deaths till date

The civil surgeons have been directed to ensure that throat swab samples are collected from patients with severe acute respiratory illness.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
February 9, 2016 3:06:24 am

A TOTAL of 26 people have died due to swine flu in Punjab over the past few months, while 57 people have tested positive for the H1N1 virus, Health and Family Welfare Minister Surjeet Kumar Jayani said on Monday. He added 183 had been screened for the virus.

Faced by the ever increasing number of swine flu cases, the Punjab government has constituted a state level advisory committee under the chairmanship of Dr D Behera, Head of the pulmonary medicine department at PGI, to review the situation and provide recommendations on prevention and control of the flu.

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Jayani also said that it has been noticed that H1N1 positive cases were being treated by private doctors for some time and were referred to higher centres only when the patient’s condition deteriorated. Following growing panic regarding swine flu, the health minister has also issued fresh guidelines to all the civil surgeons to take precautionary measures. The civil surgeons have been directed to ensure that throat swab samples are collected from patients with severe acute respiratory illness and immediately sent to an accredited laboratory in viral transport mediums, which are being provided free of cost in all the government diagnostic centres.

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Jayani said that sufficient quantities of medicines have been procured and distributed to the districts. About one lakh capsules of Oseltamivir 75 mg (Tamiflu), 2,000 capsules of Oseltamivir 30 mg (Tamiflu), 2,000 syrup bottles of Oseltamivir have been made available in all the government hospitals, he said. All the medicines have been made available at all government medical colleges, district hospitals, SDHs and CHCs of the state. He also said isolation wards have been established at each government hospital for H1N1 patients. “Besides this, doctors of three government medical colleges have been trained in ventilator management at New Delhi for management of serious cases,” he said.

He added that state surveillance units have been activated and imparted required training to tackle swine flu. He said civil surgeons have been directed to execute Information, Education, Communication (IEC) activities in their respective districts.

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