Swine flu detection:Kangra health authorities enhance preventive programme

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2015 19:40 IST

In wake of the detection of first swine flu case in Kangra, the district health authorities have enhanced the preventive programme to contain the spread of dreaded disease.

A 59-year-old woman from Alampur in Kangra district was detected positive with H1Ni virus on Sunday after her blood samples were tested at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) in Shimla.

Two medical students of Dr Rajinder Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC), Tanda, who were also admitted on Tuesday, following swine flu symptoms, have also been tested positive.

Meanwhile, chief medical officer (CMO), Kangra, BM Gupta said that the authorities had put rapid response teams (RRTs) at block level on alert.

The people have also been report to the health authorities in case of swine flu symptoms. "Till now, we have one positive case, which is undergoing treatment at an isolation ward in RPGMC," said Gupta, adding that the cause of infection is yet to be ascertained.

Top health official said that, he along with a team of doctors, visited the positive patient's village and 10 contacts had been given medicine. "Five people, whom we suspected could be infected, have been put under observation and were given treatment in RPGMC," said Gupta.

He said that the health authorities had also distributed masks to the villagers.Besides, RRTs at block level have been directed to aware people on measures to prevent infection.

"We have no dearth of medicines and ample supply has been distributed in all the blocks," Gupta added.

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