The increase in the number of swine flu cases has triggered demand for H1N1 vaccines in the cantonment hospitals which do not have the vaccines even for the immunisation of doctors and health staff.
Chairman of the Health Committee of Khadki Cantonment board (KCB),Kamlesh Chaskar,said the vaccines could not be made available at the hospital as they were not provided by the state government. We will demand the cantonment board to purchase the vaccines from open market, said Chaskar.
Officials at the Babasaheb Ambedkar cantonment hospital at Khadki said they got the vaccines from a civil hospital at Aundh last year,but this time the vaccines were not available at the hospital and they could not place the orders. However,they said the board has been informed about the shortage of vaccines.
There are no vaccines either for doctors or the patients, said an official at the Khadki cantonment hospital. The officials said the shortage of vaccines is owing to 20-25 new suspected swine flu cases at the hospital everyday.
We dont have the ICU facility at the hospital so we cant treat the A-category patients here. We refer such patients to the other hospitals in the area. But we keep on receiving 20-25 suspected B-category flu cases at the cantonment hospital.
Resident Medical Officer of Pune cantonment hospital,S M Mahajan,said the demand for the vaccines has been made to the state government. We will also take up the matter with cantonment boards for procurement of vaccines from open market, he said,adding,there are many variants of vaccines available in the market besides the nasal vaccine that Serum Institute of India is planning to manufacture.
Resident Medical Officer (RMO) of the Dehu Road cantonment hospital,Vijay Patwardhan,said the patients are being given Tamiflu tablets if they show the symptoms of the disease. Last year only 40 per cent staff including the doctors took the vaccine, he said.
Spokesperson of Dehu Road cantonment board,N M Mahajani,said the issue of lack of vaccines will be discussed with the administration to place the procurement orders.