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To flu and back, in Andhra Pradesh

Syed Reyhan (20) is back to his regular life, attending classes (he is a second year MBBS student in a local medical college), dissecting bodies and partying with friends.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2009 01:23 IST
Ashok Das

Syed Reyhan (20) is back to his regular life, attending classes (he is a second year MBBS student in a local medical college), dissecting bodies and partying with friends.

The young man shows no signs of having gone through the trauma of swine flu, which he contracted two months ago.

His family too has recovered well.

Reyhan tested positive for swine flu when he landed at Hyderabad airport on June 4 along with his mother and brother.

His brother and mother tested negative for the swine flu.

The family had gone on a month-long holiday in Canada to escape the scorching heat of Hyderabad.

He was immediately taken to Andhra Pradesh Chest Hospital at Erragadda and given Tamiflu.

Reyhan was kept in isolation for ten days and discharged after full recovery.

On June 16, he appeared with his parents before the media to praise the treatment he received at the hospital and added that there was unnecessary panic over the issue.

The case of Reyhan goes on to show that public is not bothered as long as the person is declared cured of the disease. “I got a number of calls congratulating me,” Reyhan said.

The family of Reyhan has done another good to the cash-strapped Health Department.

Reyhan's father Syed Mohammed has donated an automated Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) for swine flu to the government.

"I was at a total loss as to what to do after my son contracted the disease. There was no information available on swine flu," Mohammed, who is managing director of Voicegate Technologies, a Hyderabad-based telecom software company, said.

The IVRS is a toll-free helpline that can be accessed by dialing 12506 from any BSNL telephone in Andhra Pradesh. The system works like railway help line and gives all the information required in three languages, English Telugu and Hindi.