Five more swine flu cases were reported in the state on Monday, taking the number of patients affected by the flu to 31. Two patients have died since last week.
Five patients were admitted to Beleghata ID hospital and two other private nursing homes in the city. Their throat swab samples tested positive for H1N1 influenza virus at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) laboratory in Beliaghata.
“Five new cases have been reported in the state on Monday. The state government has taken preventive measures including adequate stock of medicines and personal protective equipment (PPE) required for the medical staff to attend the patients,” state health secretary Moloy De said.
With the rapid spread of swine flu, several state- run hospitals have instilled awareness programme among their medical staff in order to prevent the outbreak. SSKM Hospital authorities have decided to arrange an orientation programme among its junior doctors and nurses on February 17.
“All junior doctors and resident medical staffs have been requested to attend the programme where senior medical experts in medicine, community medicine, chest and respiratory medicines department will deliver their speeches on how to tackle H1N1-affected patients,” said Dr Sarbeswar Mondal, deputy superintendent of SSKM.
“There has been no swine flu cases in our hospital so far. But we are taking all precautions in case any patient is brought to SSKM. We have requested the health department to send oseltamivir tablets and masks to us as well,” he added.