State Health Minister Rajendra Shingane on Friday took stock of the situation in Pune after over 2,000 panic-struck parents thronged Naidu Hospital. He said the Centre is yet to issue guidelines on private doctors treating swine flu patients.
The priority is to manage and contain swine flu. Two more critical cases are being treated at Sassoon Hospital, said Shingane. He held meetings with the district collector,municipal commissioner and other officials to know about problems being faced by health officials while dispensing their duties,change in the flu situation after Reeda Shaikhs death and stock of medicines. He said there was unrest among civic and private doctors,but the load on Naidu Hospital had come down after setting up 15 centres in Pune and eight in PCMC.
There are 36 swine flu patients at Naidu Hospital and six at Aundh Hospital,Shingane said. While referring to the two critical cases admitted to Sassoon Hospital,Dr R R Katti,state surveillance officer,said elderly people,children and people with heart diseases,chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and diabetes are susceptible to swine flu. Dr D B Kadam,head of the Department of Medicine,Sassoon Hospital said the therapy works out well,if the medication is started within two days of the onset of symptoms.
No reply yet from Jehangir Hospital
Jehangir Hospital is yet to submit its reply to the government after the latter filed a notice on the alleged negligence shown in Reeda Shaikhs case,Shingane said. If it is proved that the hospital has delayed treatment,action will be taken. But if there is no lapse,the case will be considered on humanitarian grounds as the doctors must have admitted the child with good intentions, said Shingane. A government-level committee will probe into the issue,he said. Unfortunately,post Reedas death there is a feeling among the doctors that the government will take any kind of action against them. This is not so, assured Shingane who sought to allay the increasing panic among doctors.