While another person,a 41-year-old woman who came from Haiti,tested positive for the H1N1 virus on Wednesday,the authorities met today to do away with the provision of home quarantine. If any person is suspected to be infected with the H1N1 virus,he or she will have to be admitted in a government hospital. If the patient disagrees,we will not hesitate to use provisions of the law to get affected patients admitted in designated hospitals, said Health Minister Kiran Walia.
Senior officials from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD),state governments Health department and district-level medical officers were part of the meeting that discussed the process of detection and quarantine. Walia said the affected will create a health hazard if they dont get admitted. She criticised the businessman who had refused to be admitted in RML Hospital,preferring to be treated in his Rajokri farmhouse instead.
Meanwhile,the fifth patient,from Haiti,has been admitted at the RML Hospital. As of Thursday,the NICD has received eight samples,informed Dr Shashi Khare,Head of Virology. While Delhi has had five cases of swine flu,the total number of cases in the country has risen to 15. Speaking of another case,where there was substantial delay in collecting samples,quarantining and hospitalising a teenager from Boston,Walia said a series of measures had been instituted including sprucing up hospitals and training doctors to deal with the disease.
Delays in admitting patients or even collecting samples are unacceptable. We are ironing out details so that people dont face these problems. We have formed rapid response teams and will be conducting intensive awareness campaigns starting tomorrow, said J P Singh,Principal Secretary,Health.
The government has started another helpline number,23921401,apart from the toll free number 1075 to provide details about all aspects of the disease,the Health Minister informed.