98 fresh cases in 3 days, H1N1 count up to 228

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2015 11:58 IST

With 98 fresh cases being reported over the last three days, the number of swine flu cases in the state capital went up to 228.

Of these, 30 people tested positive for H1N1 on Sunday itself.

They were Shalini Singh, Vishnu Pandey, Vaibhav, Ravi Shankar Sharma, Manju Rani, Dr SK Singh, JD Gupta, Lata Singh, Archana Vimal, Parvati, Anya Pandey, Kaif, Rajat Kashyap, Saroj Singh, Saurabh Shukla, Vinay Tiwari, Saurabh Pandey, Ishita Mishra, Sarla, Kanchan Lata, Pihu, Shanti, Lawrence, Arshad Masood, Reeta Chaudhary, Shaheena, Shikha, B Sharma, Sudha, Reva and Maya Gautam.

A total 17 districts in UP were affected by the disease while the maximum number of cases were reported from Lucknow. As many as 848 patients were screened in the state so far, of which 280 have tested positive.

In view of the sharp rise in swine flu cases, the health department changed its strategy to deal with the disease.

Hospital authorities were directed to admit even the suspected patients in isolation wards and keep them under strict observation.

A letter from chief medical officer, Lucknow, Dr SNS Yadav was sent in this regard to superintendents of six government hospitals – Balrampur, Civil, Lohia, Lokhbandhu, BRD Mohan, Rani Laxmi Bai - where isolation wards have been set up.

Till now, doctors used to take samples for swine flu test if they suspected a person to be suffering from the infection. But now onwards, they would admit such a person and facilitate adequate care and observation similar to that is given to a swine flu positive person.

The CMO also asked hospital authorities to submit the list of patients by 5 pm every evening with details on their status. This was being done to ensure accuracy in the count of patients.

Swine flu cases triggered a fear psychosis among residents who were approaching medical stores for purchasing masks. Majority were buying masks used by doctors during normal OPD (which are not equipped to stop H1N1 infection).

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