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5 more screening centres for Mumbai

india Updated: Aug 08, 2009 01:21 IST
Amrita U Kadam
Amrita U Kadam
Hindustan Times
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From Monday, the municipal corporation will start two more swine flu treatment centres and three scanning centers in the city.

In addition to Kasturba Hospital, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will start facilities to examine and treat patients at Siddharth Hospital in Goregaon for the western suburbs and MT Agarwal Hospital in Mulund for the eastern suburbs.

People who suspect that they have the dreaded swine flu can now also get themselves screened at Bhaba Hospital in Bandra, Bhagwati Hospital in Borivli and Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar.

“We realised that patients from the suburbs needed a screening centre in their area. With these three other screening centres the patients will not have to wait for a long,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar.

The isolation wards at Siddharth and MT Agarwal hospitals will also start from Monday.

Each hospital will have two wards one for suspected cases and a 20-bed ward where confirmed cases will be treated.

The number of beds at Kasturba Hospital has been increased from 35 to 100.

To keep a check on the spread of the epidemic, the corporation has started examining persons who might have come in contact with H1N1 patients.

Mhaiskar said: “There is a team that works on the backward linkage of the patient to identify the close contacts of the patients, like the friends and relatives, and they are given Tamiflu as precaution.”