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After schools,creches shut down

After schools,it is now the turn of crèches in the city to close for a week owing to the swine flu threat.

After schools,it is now the turn of crèches in the city to close for a week owing to the swine flu threat.

Many crèche owners in Kothrud area,where most of the swine flu patients were detected,on Monday decided to shut their crèches.

Officials of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said they had not asked any crèche to be shut down.

As the decision to shut the crèches came only in the morning,many parents,especially working in the software sector had to make other arrangements for their wards at the eleventh hour.

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Little Tigers,a crèche located in the lane of Abhinav English Medium School — which was among the three schools that had been shut over a week ago after its students tested positive for H1N1— decided to close on Monday morning.

The decision came from its head office in Mumbai.

Around 25 children aged between 13 months and three years go to Little Tigers every day.

“I dropped my two-year-old son at the crèche in the morning and went to the office. Within 45 minutes,I got a call from the crèche to take my child back home,” said Mukta Kirloskar,a software professional whose son goes to Little Tigers.

She said she had to send her father to bring her son home as she could not leave the office. “It’s good that the crèche decided to close as a precautionary measure,but the authorities should have conveyed about this in advance,” Kirloskar said.

“Fortunately,my parents and in-laws live in Pune and so I have enough support system,but there are parents who are dependent only on crèches,” she added.

Acting chief of PMC health department R R Pardeshi said the PMC had not given any instructions on closing down the crèches.

“We had no official communication with the crèches and have not given any instructions to them,” he said.