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Swine flu impact: IT firms ask staff to cut travel

With a spurt in cases of swine flu, IT companies have advised employees not to travel to flu-hit areas, especially Pune, the city worst hit by the flu.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2009 23:17 IST

With a spurt in cases of swine flu, IT companies have advised employees not to travel to flu-hit areas, especially Pune, the city worst hit by the flu.

IT bellwether Infosys, which has 20,000 strong workforce at the Pune development centre said the firm has reduced all inbound and outbound travel to their Pune centre and have limited it to essential business travel. "We are continuing efforts to educate employees, monitoring health bulletins and taking necessary precautions. We are closely monitoring the situation and are in constant touch with public authorities to ensure the safety of our employees and continuity of operations,” an Infosys spokesperson said.

IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) major Cognizant, which has over 7,500 employees in Pune, has issued an advisory to associates, asking them to undertake only essential travel and defer all other types of travel to locations worldwide affected by swine flu.

In the face of the pandemic, IT industry body Nasscom has also postponed its engineering services outsourcing summit scheduled to be held in Pune on August 19 to November 18.

IT companies have also started educating their employees about the symptoms of the flu. Other than sharing information about the causes and symptoms of the flu and recommended health practices to be observed in order to ensure protection, Cognizant has also set up a 24-hour toll-free helpline number supported by doctors.

The country's largest software exporter TCS, which also has considerable presence in Pune, has issued detailed internal mails with relevant information about the pandemic and known safeguards against it.