Playgrounds and coaching classes in Pune’s Kothrud and Erandwane areas wore a deserted look on Friday as reports of more swine flu cases among students spread through phone calls and text messages.
Three more schools besides Abhinav English school formally decided to shut for eight days after two students from Symbiosis and one each from Seva Sadan and Abhinav Marathi School tested positive for swine flu. With this, the total number of cases in Pune stands at 36, 19 of who are students of Abhinav English school.
Several coaching classes and playgrounds saw less attendance with many parents deciding to protect their children from public contact. “About 50 students attend my classes everyday, only 20 were present on Friday”, said Ragini Apte, private coaching class coordinator.
The hospitals, where swine flu treatment is being given, saw an unusual rush. Both Naidu and Yashwantrao hospitals were flooded with students and their parents.
“More than 100 persons came to get themselves checked after the swine flu reports,” said the warden at Naidu hospital.
The cases among students from Abhinav Marathi, Symbiosis and Seva Sadan were reported after they came in contact with their friends from Abhinav English School, health authorities from Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said.
The PMC chief health officer R.R. Pardeshi said, “We have instructed all the students from the four schools to strictly stay at home and avoid all the public contact.”
Considering the rapid spread of the swine flu in Pune, the centre’s health department has sent additional supply of medicines to Naidu hospital and Yashwantrao Chavan hospital. The medical authorities have also begun quarantine operations in all the four schools and the rickshaws in which students ply.