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City hospitals prepare for the ‘unprecedented’

Even as the National Institute of Virology awaits samples of any case infected with swine flu in the country...

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
May 1, 2009 1:47:46 am

SWINE FLU : Sassoon stocks 1,000 doses of Tamiflu medicine while Naidu Hospital reserves 16-bed ward

Even as the National Institute of Virology awaits samples of any case infected with swine flu in the country,health officials in the Pune Municipal Corporation and Sassoon General Hospital have made arrangements for prompt action in case any patient shows the symptoms of swine flu. Dr R R Pardeshi,Medical Officer of Health,PMC,called a meeting on Thursday where they decided to reserve a ward of 16 beds at Naidu Hospital.

At Sassoon too the Dean Dr Arun Jhamkar informed that they have decided to stock at least 1,000 doses of Tamiflu medicine which can be used to treat the flu. “We are obtaining anti-viral drugs from the Deputy Director of Health’s office and will also keep one ward reserved at the government hospital for such patients,’’Jhamkar told The Indian Express.

According to Pardeshi,none of the officials have received any guidelines about control of swine flu from the government. However,we have embarked upon our own cleaning operation at Naidu Hospital and at areas which are infested with pigs.

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Dr Y H Doiphode,Deputy Director of Health,Pune region,also said that none of the health officials have been deputed at the Pune airport and that they had not received any instruction about swine flu from the government. However,surveillance measures are underway,he said.

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