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Nagaland hospitals asked for flu preparedness

india Updated: Aug 30, 2009 14:51 IST

Although no swine flu case was found in Nagaland, the district hospitals in the state have been asked to remain prepared to tackle any situation in the event of H1N1 virus outbreak.

After reviewing the preparedness with Chief Medical Officers (CMO) and Medical Superintendents (MS), Directorate of Health and Family Welfare asked them to work out plans if swine flu breaks out.

The state nodal officer for integrated disease surveillance programme (IDSP) Dr Kevichusa Medikhru said the directive was issued to CMOs after a recent review meeting here attended by senior officials of the directorate.

So far all the eight samples of suspected persons in Nagaland sent either to New Delhi or Kolkata tested negative, but another sample collected from Kohima was dispatched to Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh for testing and result were awaited.

Meanwhile, the department has decided to send blood samples to Dibrugrah in Assam through its special messengers since the courier companies in the state refused to dispatch samples of suspected patients.

When a courier service provider in Kohima on Tuesday refused to ferry a sample, the health department dispatched the same through speed post (EMS). But postal consignment go to Dibrugarh via Guwahati, causing unnecessary delay in getting test result, Kevichusa said.