Swine flu: Indo-Nepal border under scanner
Uttar Pradesh government has declared Indo-Nepal border as "sensitive" in the wake of the outbreak of deadly swine flu, which has spread to 31 countries.india Updated: May 10, 2009 16:56 IST
Uttar Pradesh government has declared Indo-Nepal border as "sensitive" in the wake of the outbreak of deadly swine flu, which has spread to 31 countries.
An official spokesman told PTI on Sunday that following a warning from the WHO, the state government has made arrangements to monitor the border.
"Monitoring centres equipped with team of doctors and medical kits have been set up at the immigration offices of Sonauli and Rupaideeha barriers of Indo-Nepal border falling under Mahrajganj and Bahraich districts respectively," he said.
Chief Medical Officer of Gorakhpur R N Mishra told PTI that WHO has provided these doctors with personal protection kits, including mask and goggles, to collect blood samples of people entering India via the border.
Isolated wards have been set up in health centres in these two districts as well as at BRD Medical College here to conduct tests on people showing symptoms of H1N1 virus, Mishra said.
The chief medical officer said arrangements have been made to send blood samples to National Institute of Virology, Pune and National Institute of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi for confirmatory tests.
Stocks of Tamiflu-- a globally recognised medicine to combat the disease-- are being arranged at all vulnerable districts, he said adding that no one has so far tested positive for the influenza.