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H1N1: Ventilator,Tamiflu syrup shortage

After four deaths in three days,no death due to swine flu was recorded in the city on Saturday.

After four deaths in three days,no death due to swine flu was recorded in the city on Saturday. However,at a meeting called by Jayant Kumar Banthia,Additional Chief Secretary,the issue of shortage of Tamiflu in syrup form in the city was raised by local health officials.

District health officials said that a total of 1,266 persons were screened on Saturday,out of which 50 persons showed symptoms but did not test positive. Their treatment has been started.

Since March 1,a total of 41 cases of swine flu infections have been detected in the city out of which six patients are currently on ventilator support.

PMC chief medical officer ST Pardeshi said that there were only two ventilators at Naidu Hospital and they have made a demand for additional ventilators.

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At Sassoon General Hospital,medical superintendent DG Kulkarni said that additional arrangements will be made at the hospital for accommodating swine flu patients. At a meeting Bandhia assured that he has written to the central government for procurement of the Tamiflu in syrup form. According to Pradip Awate,state surveillance officer,the meeting took stock of number of issues related to the need of more ventilators and isolated wards for the swine flu wards.

Doctor RR Iyer,chief medical officer,PCMC who attended the meeting in Mumbai said,“Instructions are given to medical officers to involve private practitioner,start treatment as early as possible and not to create a panic situation. The experts from NIV who attended the meeting said that as per survey carried by them in Janata Vasahat slum there was an increase in number of cases of swine flue infection this year.

Experts pointed out that the same H1N1 virus that caused infections last year have resurfaced this year and that there is a possibility that the heard immunity has not reached 100 per cent and people were sill not immune to the virus. It is likely,that the weather conditions have also played a role,officials said.

First published on: 18-03-2012 at 04:34:20 am
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