As the number of swine flu cases took another jump taking the total to 55 in the city on Monday,top officials of the district gathered at a hurriedly called press conference in a bid to ward off any panic among people.
This came after District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar reportedly pulled up the civic administration and health officials on the manner in which they were handling the disease.
On Monday,six students four from Symbiosis and one each from New India English School and Abhinav School tested positive for the virus. Another person also tested positive for the flu on Monday taking the new cases to seven.
There is no reason to panic, district collector Chandrakant Dalvi said at the press conference and added that so far,there were 55 cases of swine flu in Pune. Thirty of the patients have been discharged and only 25 are now in the quarantine ward.
Along with Dalvi,a team of officers including Pune Municipal Corporation health officials,Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Asheesh Sharma,chief executive officer of the Pune Zilla Parishad Sanjeev Kumar and cantonment board chiefs were present at the press conference.
The symptoms of H1N1 influenza are similar to that of seasonal influenza, Dalvi said and reassured that H1N1 was not a serious disease at all. It is a mild and self-limiting virus,he added.
Highly-placed officials on the condition of anonymity said that Ajit Pawar was unhappy with the manner in which the swine flu situation was being handled in the city. He has reportedly directed officials to coordinate with various departments and ensure that there is no panic or fear about this virus.
Arrangements have been made to open 20 more beds at Naidu Hospital, Dalvi said. Twenty beds have been set up at the General Hospital at Aundh and if there is a further requirement we will set up extra beds at YCM hospital in Pimpri, Dalvi said.
According to Dr S B Nadoni,Regional Director of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) a total of 5,951 passengers have been screened at the Pune airport and there was an adequate stock of Tamiflu in the city both in the tablet and syrup form.
Parents have also been urged to take precautions if their children have come in contact with an infected child and ensure home quarantine. A helpline desk has also been set up and the phone number is 20250050.
On Monday the New India English School four of its students had tested positive for H1N1 earlier decided to close down till August 1,taking the number of schools shut after swine flu cases were detected to four in the city.
Six Students,four from Symbiosis School and one each from New India English School and Abhinav School test positive for H1N1 on Monday
New India English School closes till August 1,making it the fourth school to do so in the city Symbiosis school,Abhinav School and Seva Sadan were closed for a week earlier after its students got swine flu
Thirtypatients discharged after treatment so far in the city
Twenty-fivepatients are still under treatment