A sharp spike in swine flu cases has caught Delhi’s hospitals by surprise, with isolation wards running full and doctors advising abundant caution. Astha Saxena looks at how the healthcare setup is dealing with the crisis.
A dedicated helpline to assist people on queries related to swine flu has been set up at the office of the Directorate General of Health Services. According to sources, the helpline has not received many calls so far.
While H1N1 affected persons had succumbed on Sunday one each at SCB in Cuttack and another at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, Health and Family Welfare minister P K Jena said 227 people have been tested positive for vector borne disease in state.
The Health minister said besides H1N1 and dengue, rat fever and cholera have also been reported in Kerala. A cholera death was reported in Pathanamthitta district and three cholera cases had been detected among migrant labourers in Kozhikode, she said.
As per the data provided by the Pune Municipal Corporation health authorities, a total of 82 patients have died due to swine flu in the city since January this year. Of these, 24 were residents of Pune.