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Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely has directed the Delhi government Health department to issue circulars to all schools to set up compulsory medical rooms in the wake of increasing swine flu cases.

Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely has directed the Delhi government Health department to issue circulars to all schools to set up compulsory medical rooms in the wake of increasing swine flu cases.

“We will ask the Health Ministry to issue circulars to all the schools,” Lovely told Newsline on Friday.

A day after Sardar Patel Vidyalaya reported a swine flu case,it was the turn of Springdales Pusa Road and St Thomas Girls’ School Mandir Marg to issue precautionary notices after three students from these two schools reportedly showed swine flu symptoms.

“The two students from Springdales — two brothers — were in touch with the Sardar Patel Vidyalaya student who had contracted the infection during a family vacation with four other families in Malaysia and Singapore,” said the Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia. One of the two Springdales students tested negative for the virus later in the day,Walia said. The student was at RML Hospital.

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Sardar Patel Vidyalaya,meanwhile,has recorded two more cases of swine flu and Dr Anjana Prakash,the additional nodal officer handling swine flu for Delhi government,informed Walia of the same.

While St Thomas Girls’ School Principal Anuradha Amos said she was informed by the government authorities about the infected student on Wednesday — she is a Class VII student; Springdales Pusa Road Principal Amita Wattal said she had no information till Friday morning and had learnt that two students of her school were being screened for swine flu from the newspapers. “I must say it is very irresponsible on part of the parents not to have informed the school authorities,” she said. Springdales has asked the classmates of the two students — of class VI and IX — to stay back home till the quarantine period of one week is over. At St Thomas,classmates of the girl quarantined for swine flu,have been asked to stay at home for a week. The school also conducted a compulsory meeting of all parents of her class. “It is an isolated case. The student in question had come to school for just one day. I held a special assembly,” Amos said.

The ministry has nine Rapid Response Teams to track all the infected cases. According to the ministry officials,the cases coming to light in schools are from the four families that had travelled together to Malaysia and Singapore.

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The Education Ministry said that there is no need to close down schools. “Closing down schools will only create panic among students and parents,” said Lovely.

The National Progressive School’s Conference (NPSC) will hold a meeting on July 29 to discuss the swine flu scare. “We will discuss how to deal with swine flu,” said NPSC Chairperson S L Jain. “We might write to the Health Ministry or the Education Ministry and seek their advice,” Jain said.

Speaking of government schools,Lovely said,“Children from government schools rarely get to travel abroad,so it is very rare for a government school child to get infected.

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Swine flu update: Two more cases
Two more people have tested positive for the swine flu in Delhi – a 28-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl. The man travelled from Bangkok on July 15 and the girl is reported to be the contract case of one of the earlier positive cases. Sources say the girl might be the one from the St Thomas School,but the nodal officer handling swine flu for the Delhi government decline to comment. “She might be the same girl,but will have to check,” said Dr Anjana Prakash,the additional nodal officer handling swine flu cases for the Delhi government. The 13-year old girl tested positive on Wednesday.

First published on: 18-07-2009 at 12:29:17 am
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