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Delhi Govt readies to tackle swine flu

delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2009 22:24 IST
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Following confirmation of two swine flu cases in the city, Delhi Government has taken a series of measures including sprucing up hospitals and giving training to doctors to deal with the viral ailment.

The city government has already formed 10 multi-disciplinary teams of trained experts and stocked ten million units of Tamiflu drugs as part of efforts to upgrade its preparedness.

While one multi-disciplinary team will be posted at Maulana Azad Medical College to check suspected cases, other teams will be deployed in nine districts of the city.

A 24-hour helpline has also been started with toll free number 1075 to provide details about all aspects of the disease.

Giving details of the preparedness, Delhi's Health Minister Kiran Walia said the city government has made elaborate arrangements to investigate, handle and control the situation.

"Hospitals are being put on alert and doctors, para-medical staff are being trained to deal with the situation," she said.

Walia said apart from Quarantine Unit at the Indira Gandhi International airport, RML hospital and LNJP Hospital have been made fully ready to deal with the situation.

Ten other hospitals namely GTB Hospital, Hindu Rao Hospital, Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Safdarjang Hospital, ESI Hospital, Central Railway Hospital and Maharishi Valmiki Hospital are also getting ready to offer treatment to the swine flu affected persons.

Walia said ten million units of Tamiflu drugs are currently available with the government and more drugs can be ordered depending on the requirement.

She further said that National Institute of Communicable Diseases Team has been also alerted.

Walia has appealed to people to be cautious about the disease and not to become panicky about it.

Two cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the capital so far, bringing the total number of persons suffering from the viral ailment across the country to 11.

While the first case in Delhi is that of a 35-year-old man who reached the capital from New York, the second case is that of his mother (60), who seems to have contracted the infection from him.