November 7, 2015 4:50:54 am
The reports of swine flue cases in the neighbouring states have set alarm bells ringing in the UT health department. The officials have starting taking precautionary steps, including launch of a round-the-clock swine flu helpline in the city.
“We have launched a 24×7 swine flu helpline in the city, so that residents can get information related to the disease,” Health Secretary Anurag Aggarwal told Chandigarh Newsline on Friday.
He said that the launch of the helpline number — 9779558282 — was among the many steps the health department had taken to deal with the swine flue cases.
The officials said that the helpline was being managed by public health experts, who would provide the disease- related information to the public.
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Aggarwal said that he had also directed the starting of the swine flue testing lab in the GMCH, Sector 32. Currently, only the PGI has the facility of swine flue testing in the city. “The hospitals have been asked to make ventilators, isolation wards and other facilities available in the hospitals,” he said, adding that the department was monitoring the situation and so far no case of swine flue had been reported in the city.
Besides, the officials said, the health department will provide training to the health teams. “We have already provided training to some of the health workers, and soon the department will provide training to the medical officers as well,” said an official.
The official added that the department was considering making the H1N1 a notifiable disease.
Sources said that the health department would also make an outbreak supervisory committee having superintendents of three major government hospitals and officials from the health department. Health Secretary Aggarwal would be the chairman of the committee. This committee would supervise and monitor outbreak of any disease in the city.
Earlier, the health secretary had asked the health department to ensure that sufficient stock of medicines was available in the market to deal with swine flu cases. The union government too had issued an advisory to all the states and UT to make sure adequate stock of drug for swine flue was available.
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