Just In: Government issues health advisory, SMS alerts on swine flu

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The government has also started a mass SMS drive on informing people about swine flu outbreak and the precautions that one need to take if swine flu is detected.

The Central Government has issued advisory to all Indian states to gear up and be prepared to deal with a swine flu outbreak, Union health minister JP Nadda informed the Rajya Sabha this week.

"Government has issued an advisory to all the state governments and UTs to step up preparedness for H1N1 Influenza. The advisory includes enhanced surveillance, capacity for laboratory diagnosis, setting up of screening centres in outpatient departments of hospitals and earmarking isolation wards, including ventilator beds," Union health minister J P Nadda said in a written reply.

The government has also started a mass SMS drive on informing people about swine flu outbreak and the precautions that one need to take if swine flu is detected.

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All government hospitals have been advised to stock personal protective equipment and to stock the drug Oseltamivir. The minister has also urged officials to create awareness among the people so that they can report early to the hospitals and do not wait till the symptoms aggravate.

The advisory has been issued after the disease has claimed 62 lives in various Indian states including the northwestern states of Rajasthan and Punjab. Here are the total number of deaths reported from various Indian states:

  • 34 lives in Rajasthan in January and February this year. From the 2,000 samples that were collected, 162 tested positive out of which 34 died due to the H1N1 virus.
  • 7 deaths were reported in Punjab, taking the death toll from the disease to 24
  • 4 people including three women died of the H1N1 virus in Haryana

Expert tips for dealing with swine flu

Theindusparent spoke with Dr Toshima Mamgain Kukreja, consultant pathologist with Dr Lal Path Labs in Delhi on the precautions one needs to take to avoid a swine flu infection.

“As immunity plays important role children, old people, health workers, doctors  n pregnant women are at risk. Prophylactic immunisation are helpful. Once detected, tamiflu is the drug of choice,” she says. She also asks people to adhere to the following tips:

  • Avoid crowded places such as malls and cinema theatres.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a proper mask in case you do have to go to a crowded place.,
  • Stay away from suspected patients
  • Wash hands frequently and keep yourself hydrated all the times.

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