The MP Liliyawala school at Punagam in Surat put up a notice on Monday, mandating all its students to wear masks to school, given the threat of the H1N1 virus. Surat has reported the second highest number of Swine flu deaths (10 so far) after Kutch. This includes two who died on Wednesday. Since Monday, 13 patients tested positive for Swine flu. Among the new patients, 12 are from Surat district and one from Valsad.
The two patients — a 42-year-old male and a 43-year-old female, residents of Varachha and Katargam, who were declared dead on Wednesday, were undergoing treatment at a hospital in the same area. According to the district health officials, a total of 58 positive cases have come to light in the last one month out of which 10 died (7 from Surat city, 1 each from Bharuch, Vadodara and Valsad).
Principal of M P Liliyawala school at Punagam, Rajesh Rabari, said the mask rule was effected on Wednesday for students and teachers. School trustee Nilesh Patel said, “There are over 1,700 students studying in our school in English, Gujarati and Hindi medium. After reading about the sudden rise in the number of patients in the city, we have decided to take precautions and for that we have intimated the principal to strictly follow the rules. Teachers, students and clerical staffers should put on mask while coming to the school. This will help us a lot as the disease cannot be spread. We have also instructed the school principal to continue the rule till further instructions.”
Sources said that the Surat district health department officials had given show-cause notice to the Mahavir Cardiac Hospital and Mahavir Trauma hospital on Wednesday afternoon, after they failed to give timely details of the number of patients declared dead and positive patients and suspected patients of Swine flu. Dr Piyush Shah, epidemic control officer with Surat district health department, said, “To create awareness, a few days ago we had carried out a workshop in Surat for the doctors of private and government hospitals. Over 170 doctors participated in the workshop and they were guided how to deal with patients suffering from Swine flu and even suspected patients. We have informed that they should give daily details of suspected patients, positive patients and deaths due to Swine flu to district health department.”
Dr Shah dded, “Each and every hospital had special ward where virus infected patients are kept. We also give medicines to the family members of patients who tested positive of Swine flu and those who died of the infection. Our health workers team had already started working in district areas and even we have hanged hoardings and banners at public junctions in the city.”
In Vadodara, 16 tested positive
Vadodara: Over fifty cases of suspected swine flu have been handled by the city’s SSG Hospital, with as many as 16 cases turning positive. One woman from Karjan died Tuesday of Swine flu, the only death in the current season, health officials said.
The special isolation ward created at the civil hospital in Vadodara for the treatment of Swine flu is currently having 17 adults occupying the ward which has the capacity to handle 22 cases. Six children are also being treated of the flu at the paediatric division, of which five cases have turned positive, medical superintendent Rajiv Daveshwar said.
H1N1 positive cases include an old man, a child and ten women, including a 66-year-old woman from Sama, 53-year-old woman from Tandalja, 61-year-old woman from Gotri, a 17-year-old girl from Sama, among others. Sama, Gotri, Chhani, Tandalja, and Sayajigunj are among the worst-affected areas in Vadodara.
“In addition to an isolation ward with 22 beds, we have created two step-down wards with the capacity to handle 15 cases for adults and five for children. So far, we have handled over 50 cases, with 23 cases currently being handled at the special ward for H1N1. Only one death has been reported so far,” Daveshwar said.