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66 cops deployed around Sukhna to get flu medicine

chandigarh Updated: Dec 22, 2014 09:06 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Chandigarh

The UT police have written to sub-divisional magistrate (central) to provide doses of TamiFlu, the medicine for bird flu, to cops deployed at the Sukhna Lake.

All entry points to the lake are being manned by 66 cops round the clock. SDM (central) Prince Dhawan confirmed that such a request had been received and that the medicine would be distributed among the cops on Monday. On Saturday, some police personnel deployed around the lake had complained of headache, however, doctors had said it was only because of the extreme cold and they should use caps or mufflers. Medical examination of all the cops will be conducted on Monday.

Interestingly, the bird flu testing facility will be available at the PGIMER from Tuesday onwards.

The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PGIMER) has procured kits for the testing.

Earlier these tests were available in Delhi only.

The Chandigarh administration, meanwhile, continued with random sampling of birds at poultry farms and shops and door-to-door survey in the areas adjoining the lake.

The administration is waiting for a team from the Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) that would test the lake water and migratory birds for traces of the flu.

The team is expected to visit on Tuesday.

Culling worker not suffering from bird flu

Chief medical officer and civil surgeon at the Sector-6 civil hospital, Panchkula, Dr VK Bansal said, Sripal, one of the 16 culling workers, who was admitted to the isolated room of the hospital was not suffering from bird flu.

The CMO said all test reports of the patient were normal.

“There were four residents of Saketri village, who were involved in the culling of the birds.

Since then, our experts had been visiting their houses and providing medical care. Sripal suffered from body pains, but is now fit.”

He is still in the isolated room of the hospital and the civil surgeon said he would be kept under observation.

Tests can be done at PGI

A bird flu testing facility will be available at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PGIMER) from Tuesday onwards. The institute has procured kits for the testing.

Earlier these tests were available in Delhi only.