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Swine flu: After two fresh cases, IGMC Shimla staff concerned for safety

On Tuesday evening, two more have been tested positive for swine flu. Patients have been kept in isolated wards and treatment for swine flu has been started.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 17:26 IST
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With two more tested positive for swine flu in Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Shimla, doctors have demanded administration to provide masks for the safety.

On Tuesday evening, two more have been tested positive for swine flu. Patients have been kept in isolated wards and treatment for swine flu has been started.

After death of Dr RG Sood, who headed the radiology department of IGMC for six years, the staff is on alert. It was suspected that Sood got contracted with the swine flu in Hospital. With two fresh cases, 16 have been tested positive for the flu this year in IGMC, besides two deaths.

“Two fresh cases have been reported in IGMC. Both patients (one 25 years old another 55 years old) have been admitted for some other disease but tested positive for swine flu,” IGMC Senior Medical Superintendent (SMS) Dr. Ramesh Chand said. Both patients are from Sanjauli.

He said the hospital is taking all necessary steps. “There are certain demands which will be fulfilled.” he said, adding, “We have issued advisory to take preventive steps.” He admitted that hospital staff is more susceptible to diseases like swine flu.

There are over 1000 employees including doctors working in IGMC where around 3000-4000 patients come daily in outpatient department besides over 800 admitted patients.

“Doctors, nurses and other staff spend time in face-to-face contact with patients daily. After swine flu cases surfacing in the hospital, staff is on alert. We have to take precautions,” Dr Rajesh Sood, a senior IGMC doctor.

He said medical staff is more prone to such disease. “Not only doctors but entire staff should be given safety kits containing N-24 masks,” he said, adding, “These masks are more protective than ordinary one.” “If there is some vaccination, it should be done at priority,” Sood added.

Nurses association President Madhumita Bisht said administration should take all necessary steps to protect the staff from such diseases. “We are taking precautions still administration should also take care about us,” she said.