Private practitioners to help stem swine flu infection

With increase in cases of swine flu and two deaths in the city,health officials are now on high alert.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:March 16, 2012 12:14 am

With increase in cases of swine flu and two deaths in the city,health officials are now on high alert. At a meeting on Thursday,health officials decided to strengthen surveillance and involve private practitioners to check the infection.

Dr V M Khanande,Joint Director of Health,called a meeting of health officials from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad and directed them to revert to the original system of daily reporting of patients. “We will once again involve private practitioners in the effort to stem the infections,” he said.

According to Dr Vinayak More,district civil surgeon,among 27 cases of swine flu infection,11 have been successfully treated. Six patients are on ventilator support — two at Aditya Birla Hospital and one each at KEM Hospital,Prayag Hospital,Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital,and Global Hospital. Eight patients have been admitted to isolation ward of the hospitals.

Dr ST Pardeshi,Chief Medical Officer,PMC,said private hospitals are being instructed to update their intensive care units. There are 47 screening centres and 14 private hospitals with dedicated ICUs for treating swine flu. While PMC’s Naidu Hospital has a capacity to accommodate 60 patients,initially a 10-bedded ICU will be strengthened,Pardeshi said.

Patients will once again be screened as per the earlier categorisation of how serious they are. They will be listed in A,B and C categories depending on the severity of their illness. If the throat pain is severe then the swab will be taken and sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV) and if the patient is already suspected with swine flu like symptoms then Tami flu will be given immediately,Khanande said.

Meanwhile,experts from NIV who are involved with the research project at Janata Vasahat slums studying the incidence of influenza like illnesses admitted that there has been a similar trend of rise in swine flu in the last couple of weeks. The pilot project that surveys a population of 30,000 people in the urban slums,however,is not indicative of the increase in swine flu cases in the city,experts said.

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