Hospitals in Gurgaon have started taking necessary measures against swine flu after two patients died of the highly contagious disease in neighbouring Delhi earlier this month.
The district health department has issued an advisory to private hospitals asking them to immediately report all swine flu cases to the district civil surgeon.
The disease spreads with a dip in temperature. The swine flu season starts around November-October and goes on till February-March. Though the weather is getting colder, no cases have been reported so far.
During the last season, 37 cases of H1N1 were reported in the city. There were no deaths. The last swine case was reported in March this year.
Health officials said the administration is prepared to deal with the disease. “We have an isolation ward ready in the Civil Hospital and Tamiflu medicines are also available. Swine flu cases will be treated as any other flu and we are geared up for any kind of emergencies,” said Dr VK Thapar, district malaria officer and head of the integrated disease survelliance programme (IDSP) department, Gurgaon.
He said extra medicines will be made available on demand.
Meanwhile, a meeting of representatives from private hospitals and the Indian Medical Association has been held regarding holding awareness drives. Official sources said the administration will start a swine flu helpline number by next week.
Private hospitals, meanwhile, are also preparing to treat H1N1 patients. They have set up isolation wards too. “Swine flu is like a seasonal flu. Hospitals are prepared to treat H1N1 cases and there will be a crisis only in case of a major outbreak,” said Dr SP Yadav, Haryana’s representative at the Medical Council of India (MCI).