Measures in place to combat swine flu

With seven swine flu cases reported in the city,the civic body is making efforts to ensure that sufficient arrangements are in place for an aggravated situation.

Written by Express News Service | Published:April 2, 2012 4:15 am

With seven swine flu cases reported in the city,the civic body is making efforts to ensure that sufficient arrangements are in place for an aggravated situation.

The BMC has directed all laboratories and hospitals,both private and public,to submit daily reports of suspected swine flu samples they receive for conducting tests.

“All laboratories have been submitting detailed reports of samples to us. Since mostly private labs are receiving the suspect samples,we have been co-ordinating with them on a regular basis,” said Dr Mangala Gomare ,assistant health officer,BMC.

The Kasturba Hospital saw its first swine flu case admission in the year on Thursday with a 23-year-old patient testing positive for the H1N1 virus. The patient is now stable after being administered Tamiflu.

The civic body has ensured sufficient stock of the drug. “This is not an epidemic situation and it is highly unlikely that we will need excess doses of Tamiflu. However,even if the need arises,we have enough supply of Tamiflu and nasal syringes,” said Dr A A Bandivdekar,executive health officer,BMC.

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