A DRDE (defense research and development establishment) laboratory test report on swine flu was questioned by a Gwalior citizen through a PIL filed in the MP high court on September 30.
The complainant, a former registrar of the Jiwaji University, Dhirendra Singh Chandel doubted the credibility of DRDE’s test report and labelled it unreliable.
In February, the swab sample of a 33-year-old woman who later died of swine flu, had reportedly been tested negative by the DRDE.
The woman was diagnosed with swine flu when she was rushed to Medanta Hospital in Delhi, but later succumbed to the disease.
Ironically, the son of the deceased who had been tested positive for swine flu by the DRDE lab reportedly was tested negative when tests were carried out at Delhi hospitals.
Taking cognizance of the PIL, the high court bench at Gwalior in its interim order, directed the health department of Union and state governments, the Gwalior Municipal Corporation and the DM’s of eight districts to submit a status report on swine flu by October 8.
The court also directed them to initiate precautionary measures, including setting up a laboratory at each district hospital, isolation wards, life saving apparatus and equipment and to launch a vaccination drive on people in infection-prone localities and pigs. The next hearing on the matter is on Thursday.
CMHO, Dr Anup Kamthan said that the court’s direction to conduct vaccination drive on pigs in connection with PIL was a misplaced fact since they were not vector carriers for the infection which gets transmitted from person-to-person contact.
A DRDE source on the condition of anonymity said that the margin of human error was minimal at their laboratory since it was a highly specialized unit, both in terms of state-of-the-art technology and skilled technicians.
However, the scope for making mistakes lies in sample collection techniques, incubation period, handling and transportation, which are undertaken by the local health department level.
Another patient succumbs to swine flu in Bhopal
A middle-aged man died from swine flu at a private hospital in Bhopal on Wednesday, said health officials.
Of the 16 samples that were sent for testing, two have tested positive for H1N1, taking the total figure of swine flu positive cases in Bhopal this season to 38.
Seven fresh cases of dengue tested positive in Bhopal on Wednesday, including five from outside Bhopal. With this, the total number of people who have tested positive for dengue in Bhopal reached 206.
(With HTC inputs)