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Swine flu: Walia pays surprise visit to RML over conflicting reports

After conflicting reports about the number of swine flu patients admitted in the isolation ward of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital...

Written by Vidya Krishnan | New Delhi |
June 14, 2009 2:21:49 am

After conflicting reports about the number of swine flu patients admitted in the isolation ward of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital,Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia visited the hospital late on Saturday night. She was surprised to know that the number of patients in the ward was more than what the minister’s office had been told.

While the hospital administration had maintained that four H1N1 patients — two suspected and two positive — were admitted in the hospital,Walia found six patients in the ward. “There was a lot of miscommunication and my office got conflicting reports. I decided to come and see for myself what was happening here,” said Walia,speaking to Newsline after the late-night visit.

The health minister was keen on knowing the “exact record of every patient”,while Medical Superintendent Dr N K Chaturvedi’s office had informed the ministry of the positive cases only. “Now I know how many cases are positive,how many have been cured and discharged. I also wanted to know how many sample results are awaited,” she added.

Another concern raised by the minister was about the origin of the infection. “We are under the impression that all cases coming to us were infected abroad. I wanted to know if there are infections on Indian soil. We will be in a better position to contain the virus then,” said Walia. 

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