Samples of two more suspected swine flu patients were sent for confirmation from the city on Saturday. One of them is a girl undergoing treatment at Parul Hospital, while the other one is an elderly person admitted at Hamidia Hospital. Results of two samples sent for testing on Friday are still awaited.
Meanwhile, a meeting of district task force was held on Saturday to take stock of the situation in the wake of death of a swine flu patient on Friday. Chairing the meeting, district collector Nikunj Kumar Shrivastava said that every private and government hospital should have a provision of isolation ward, where people suffering from contagious diseases could be kept and treated so as to reduce the chances of infection to other patients. In-charge doctors from both the government and private hospitals participated in the meeting.
Later, an official press communiqué said that there was no reason for panic due to swine flu. It's like any other viral disease and could be cured after prescribed treatment. Fifteen hospitals have been identified in the city for treatment of swine flu patients. Once diagnosed, a swine flu patient is given medicines free of cost. The antibiotic given for H1N1 virus Temi Flu and masks etc are available in the hospitals in ample number, said the release.
Shrivastava said that paramedical staff should be trained more effectively for handling diseases like swine flu and training programmes should be orgnised for the purpose.
He asked the doctors to disseminate information to people on how to prevent and handle diseases like swine flu, malaria and chikungunya and media could be used for the purpose. The meeting appealed to people to avoid use of contaminated water, which is the source of most of water-borne diseases common during rainy season and soon after that.
Shrivastava said that district administration has formed a strategy to control seasonal diseases and it has so far been effective in curbing diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya.