Crowds for H1N1 tests waned after the Union Health Ministry issued new screening guidelines.
Day after the new guidelines for swine flu testing were made public by the health ministry, queues at most Delhi hospitals reduced by almost 90 per cent from what they were on Tuesday, when the flu scare had peaked.
On Friday, the number of people wanting to get tested for H1N1 had dropped by almost 75 per cent from Tuesday at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, the busiest centre for treating H1N1 in Delhi and the NCR.
The numbers dropped from 854 on Tuesday to 160 on Saturday. Only 14 samples were sent for testing.
“The numbers have dropped significantly, with 770 coming on Wednesday, 670 on Thursday and 550 on Friday,” said Dr N.K. Chaturvedi, medical superintendent, RML Hospital.
Safdarjung Hospital also recorded a fall.
“On Thursday, we screened 305 people. The number has reduced to 50 today,” said Dr Jagdish Prasad, medical superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital. “The samples we sent for testing on Friday was 40, half the number sent on Thursday.”
Queues were visibly shorter at Lok Nayak Hospital too. “From over 100 people, the number is at 30 now,” said Dr Jayant Kumar, deputy medical superintendent of the hospital.