The number of schools affected by swine flu in the National Capital Region rose to five with The Shri Ram School (TSRS), Aravalli (Gurgaon), informing parents of its first case of H1N1 infection on Monday.
The Class IV student, who had taken sick, had attended school for five days and has reportedly contracted the infection from overseas visitors at home. The authorities only learnt about the girl’s condition on Friday evening.
“Parents of children in Class IV were informed about the case on Friday evening itself. Those who travel in the same bus as her were told the next evening. As for others, we informed them via circular today,” said Manika Sharma, principal, TSRS, Aravalli.
The concerned class, however, is not under precautionary quarantine.
“The school premises have been disinfected. We haven’t suspended classes as there is no reason to panic. The Class IV attendance today, however, was quite thin,” added Sharma.
Apart from Shri Ram, there are altogether 11 confirmed cases across four schools — St Thomas’ School, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya (Lodhi Estate), Springdales School (Pusa Road), St. Columbus School — in Delhi.
Sprindales, which reported its latest case (a Class X student) on Sunday evening, took the decision of temporarily suspending classes of the concerned section till July 27 on Monday.
The four institutions also met the state health department officials on Monday to decide on temporary suspension of all classes, but ultimately decided against it.
“There isn’t any need to shut schools down. It would unnecessarily create panic among children. We have advised them on precautionary measures, which is more than enough to handle the situation as of now,’ said state health minister Kiran Walia.
With the four schools coming under the NDMC area, the health department has distributed pamphlets on do’s and don’ts regarding swine flu here on Monday.
Meanwhile, other unaffected schools have also jumped on to the awareness bandwagon. The Amity International School, Saket and the 11 Delhi Public Schools under DPS Society, for instance, will be disseminating information on the disease via circular and notices very soon.
Swine flu results now in hours, not days
The endless wait for results at various isolation wards designated for swine flu suspects in the Capital is going to be a thing of past.
According to new state health ministry guidelines, the result will be declared within four hours of sample collection.
Delhi health minister, Dr Kiran Walia, on Monday held a meeting with officials from the
National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD) and directed them to reveal results as soon as possible.
“I have told them to make the results known within four hours after collecting samples, at least for those who have tested negative,” she said.
Since its outbreak, people with swine flu symptoms have been shying away from reporting to government health facilities mainly because it would mean at least three days of stay in the hospital before their result is declared.
Dr Walia has directed the medical superintendents of all hospitals to discharge suspects immediately after getting telephonic confirmation.
A mother-son duo from Rajokri of New Delhi was the first case of suspects refusing to get admitted to the designated health facility.
The two NRIs first refused to come to the hospital, and when they did arrive at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital after much persuasion by health ministry officials.
But the two gave hospital staff a slip and returned to their farmhouse the same night.