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14 govt hospitals to get 36 ventilators for H1N1 patients

The government has ordered 36 ventilators for 14 government hospitals across the state to prepare for a possible swine flu (H1N1) wave in winter.

mumbai Updated: Nov 04, 2010 00:52 IST
Sonal Shukla

The government has ordered 36 ventilators for 14 government hospitals across the state to prepare for a possible swine flu (H1N1) wave in winter.

According to experts, virus outbreaks are common during monsoon and winter.

“The total dynamic of the influenza viruses is such that their increased transmission occurs during the period when the general climatic temperature is low or humid,” said Dr Abhay Choudhary, director of Parel’s Haffkine Institute. “In countries like India, increased transmission of this virus is seen post-monsoon and in winter.”

The 14 government hospitals presently have 500 ventilators, which are used for all patients. “To fortify this existing stock, a contingency fund of Rs 4.5 crore was approved,” said Milind Mhaiskar, secretary, medical education and drugs development.

A state-level committee was appointed to decide about the requirements of the medical equipments, said Dr Pravin Shengare, joint director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research. The committee recommended that every medical college hospital should have at least three specific types of ventilators.

According to experts, the number of patients detected with the virus has gone down after September. “In October, four swine flu cases were identified in the city and 70 across the state,” said Dr Daksha Shah, head of BMC’s epidemiology cell.

However, it is difficult to predict the situation this winter, said an officer.