CRPF man among 2 dead in Chandigarh, swine flu toll rises to 25
Swine flu claimed three more lives, two of them in Chhattisgarh, taking the total number of casualties 25 even as Govt decided to issue new guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of suspected patients to calm fear among the people. 5 real killers | Don't panic | What is H1N1? | Dos and don'ts| Special | Listen to podcastindia Updated: Aug 15, 2009 03:16 IST
Swine flu claimed three more lives, two of them in Chhattisgarh, taking the total number of casualties 25 even as government decided to issue new guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of suspected patients to calm fear among the people.
70-year-old woman Parubhai Shinde died in Pune and 18-year-old youth Sitaram Varma and 40-year-old CRPF constable succumbed in Raipur and Bilaspur since last night.
Shinde, who was admitted to a hospital in Pune four days back following high fever and other symptoms of swine flu, died late last night, health officials said. With this, the toll in Pune, the ground zero of the disease, mounted to 15.
Varma died in Raipur on Thursday of suspected swine flu to the first fatality in Chhattisgarh and it was followed by the death of CRPF man YS Rao, who had recently been to Mumbai, in Bilaspur on Friday.
Varma, hailing from Bhilai, was suffering from pneumonia and throat infection, hospital sources said. Nodal officer in-charge of swine flu cases in Chhattisgarh TK Aggarwal said Varma's throat swab was sent to Delhi for the flu test as the boy had recently visited Pune.
Besides the deaths in Pune, one person each has died due to the viral infection in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Nashik, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bangalore, Raipur and Bilaspur and two in Mumbai.
As 117 flu cases were reported across the country today, one of the highest numbers on a single day, Union Minister of Health Ghulam Nabi Azad held a four-hour meeting in Delhi today with private healthcare centres and decided to issue fresh set of strict guidelines for dealing with the disease to calm the fears among the people.
At present, all swine flu patients are being subjected to treatment, admitted in the hospital and administered Tamiflu but the new system, if accepted, will categorise the patients and further treatment will be based on that.
"It will cut down the number of patients sent for testing and subjected to unnecessary treatment," said Dr K K Agarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India who attended the meeting.
The first category will be of flu patients who have mild fever or running noses. "They will not be subjected to swine flu testing or treatment," he said.
The second category, he said, will be the people who have flu symptoms along other complications like HIV, diabetes, heart patients, pregnant women who have their immunity compromised will be sent for immediate testing and treatment.
Another categoy of flu patients, children below five years and people above 65 years, will be tested for swine flu and will be admitted to the hospital.
Agarwal said the government is also considering that no Tamiflu will be given to those who come in contact with swine flu positive people except for high risk patients.
"Although no final decision has been taken, the policy is likely to come into effect from next week with some minor changes," he said.
Azad also held a meeting with top health experts of the country.
The meeting, chaired by Azad, was attended by Director of Health Research V M Katoch, NICD Director Shiv Lal and other health experts from across the country, a senior Health Ministry official said.