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Govt to issue new swine flu guidelines to calm fear

delhi Updated: Aug 14, 2009 23:41 IST
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As swine flu cases continue to spurt across the country, the government has decided to issue new guidelines for identification, diagnosis and treatment of suspected cases in order to calm the fear among the people.

Union Minister of Health Ghulam Nabi Azad, after a meeting on Friday with private healthcare centres like Max health Care Centre, Batra Hospital, Apollo Hospital and others, decided to issue fresh set of strict guidelines for dealing with the disease.

At present, all swine flu patients are being subjected to treatment, admitted in the hospital and administered Tamiflu but the new system, if accepted, will categorise the patients and further treatment will be based on that.

"It will cut down the number of patients sent for testing and subjected to unnecessary treatment," said Dr KK Agarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India who attended the meeting.

"These guidelines will be finalised tomorrow. The private sector will be allowed to screen and check swine flu cases," he said.

The first category will be of flu patients who have mild fever or running noses. "They will not be subjected to swine flu testing or treatment," he said.

The second category, he said, will be the people who have flu symptoms along other complications like HIV, diabetes, heart patients, pregnant women who have their immunity compromised will be sent for immediate testing and treatment.