While questions remain unanswered as to how swine flu peaked in summer, with March seeing a total of 165 patients in the city,a high-level meeting was held on Thursday to take stock of the requirements that may arise in monsoon as well,in private hospitals both in Pune and Mumbai. On Thursday,no H1N1 death was registered,while 31 new cases were detected in the city,Dr ST Pardeshi,chief medical officer,Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said.
Dr Jayant Banthia,additional chief secretary,Maharashtra,chaired the meeting of government health officials and expert doctors from both government and private hospitals in Mumbai. Before the onset of monsoon,which may or may not see a peak in number of swine flu cases,there is a need to tackle cases that have spread rapidly in summer in Pune and now in Mumbai and other parts of the state,health officials said.
Doctors from KEM,Noble and Lokmanya among others attended the meeting along with other health officials. Issues like subsidised cost of treatment at private hospitals,availability of ventilators and medicines was discussed at the meeting. Dr GS Chinde,director of health,Dr Vinayak More,district civil surgeon,Dr Shyam Satpute,assistant medical officer,PMC and several other officers were present at the meeting.
According to officials,the same treatment guidelines will be followed this year as well to manage the swine flu infection cases. There were a total of 43 ventilators with private hospitals in the city,Satpute said. He also added that Rs 1 crore was allocated to the government-run Sassoon General Hospital to purchase ventilators. The meeting reinforced the need to re-orient private practitioners on the need to provide early treatment. Pathological laboratories were directed to inform the government and local corporation health officials if their samples tested positive for swine flu infection.