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Swine flu: 60 surveillance teams to scan city

While the health authorities of Pune Municipal Corporation on Wednesday set up 60 teams of doctors,a fortnight after 57 students were infected with the H1N1 virus,Panchgani moved swiftly and conducted a massive screening of 10,337 students in a single day.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
July 30, 2009 3:49:15 am

While the health authorities of Pune Municipal Corporation on Wednesday set up 60 teams of doctors,a fortnight after 57 students were infected with the H1N1 virus,Panchgani moved swiftly and conducted a massive screening of 10,337 students in a single day.

The PMC has decided to set up 60 teams of doctors and ward medical officers to conduct house-to-house surveillance in the infected areas of the city. On the other hand,six teams of doctors screened 10,337 students in Panchgani,barely 120 kms from Pune,on a day and sent 29 samples to the National Institue of Virology as a quick response to students being infected with the H1N1 virus.

Satara district health officer Dr V S Mohite said 250 doctors,including health officials and other staffers,moved around in Panchgani’s 36 schools and examined students for cold cough and fever. A total of 29 samples of students with swine flu symptoms have been sent to the NIV for confirmation of the H1N1 virus.

In Pune,four more students tested positive for the H1N1 virus on Wednesday,while reports of a few more students were awaited. The four includes one student from Annasaheb Patil School,Kothrud. The tally of infected students has now climbed to more than 50 and total number of citizens affected stands at 76 in the city,according to PMC officials. Dr R R Pardeshi,chief medical officer,PMC,said 36 persons have been discharged from hospital after treatment while the others are undergoing treatment.

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A day-long workshop was held at the PMC,in which more than 70 doctors and medical ward officers were given instructions about how to handle the swine flu outbreak. Teams of sanitary inspectors,ward medical officers,doctors,nurses and multipurpose workers will visit people who have been infected and then conduct a surveillance of 100 houses in the area.

“People who are found with flu like symptoms will be advised to visit the dispensary in their area while data and reports will be maintained. In this manner,the contact tracing and finding more number of people who are infected will be easier,” Pardeshi said.

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