One more person tested positive for swine flu on Saturday, taking the count to seven cases with three deaths this season.
In Haryana, 24 cases of swine flu have been registered so far with five deaths. Maximum number of cases were reported from Faridabad (8), followed by Gurgaon (7), and five from Hisar.
The seventh case reported in Gurgaon on Saturday was of a 49-year-old man, a resident of Madanpuri. Artemis Hospital in Sector 51 reported the case to the district health department on Saturday morning.
According to Dr Pushpa Bishnoi, civil surgeon, Gurgaon, the patient has been quarantined at his residence and is being administered Tamiflu.
However, the government and private hospitals have urged the people not to panic as the situation is under control. Adequate stock of Tamiflu has been made available, ventilators provided and isolation wards have been set up in all hospitals across Haryana, officials said.
“It’s not a panic or alarming situation yet. We received a small number of swine flu patients but all of them have gone home after being treated at our hospital. On the other hand, as per the health department guidelines, we do not test all patients suffering from cold and cough unless the situation aggravates,” said Dr Devlina Chakravarty, CEO of Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon.
The state health department has directed private hospitals to report positive cases to the civil surgeons and refer the patients to designated hospitals.
“We have also received a couple of swine flu cases, which we re por ted to the health department. We have been told to send these patients to hospitals authorised to treat swine flu, such as Artemis, Medanta or Civil Hospital, where Tamiflu is available,” said Dr Subhash Khanna, founder director of Kalyani Hospital, MG Road.
A spokes person of the health department said that necessary instructions have been issued to the civil surgeons in all districts to take precautionary measures to check the spread of the disease in the State.