After two reported swine flu deaths and two more cases suspected in the district, the district health department has set up a four-bed isolation ward in the district hospital in Sector 30 for swine flu. It has also issued an advisory for residents asking them to take all precautions against the viral disease.
In the past week, a middle-aged woman from Ghaziabad and a senior citizen from Noida succumbed to the disease in Noida-based private hospitals. On Monday, two children were also suspected to be infected with the virus.
“The reports of the two children were issued by a private pathological lab. We have sent their reports to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases’ laboratory in New Delhi for a confirmation. All precautionary measures have been taken regarding the two suspected cases,” said Dr Anurag Bhargav, chief medical officer, district health department.
“Since swine flu patients must be kept in isolation, an isolation ward with four beds has been set up in the district hospital. The number of beds will be increased according to the number of patients,” said Dr Bhargav.
The district health department has also issued an advisory for all residents of Noida in the wake of new patients being diagnosed with the disease.
“Swine flu’s symptoms are fever, cough and lethargy, which subsequently leads to chest muscle paralysis due to which the patient has difficulty in breathing. We advise that anyone who feels uneasiness in breathing must consult a doctor,” said Dr Bhargav.
He added that anti-viral medicines must be given to patients of swine flu and their relatives as they are in constant contact with them.
“Such patients must be kept in isolation. Like any other viral disease, swine flu also abates on its own. However, relatives must take all precautionary measures and stay at least one metre away from the patient. They should avoid shaking hands and also wear masks if needed,” added the CMO.
Regarding vaccinations, Dr Bhargav said children between the age of 8 and 10 years must be given two vaccinations and anyone above 10 years can be given one.
“One vaccination can ensure safety from swine flu for at least six to eight months. Diabetics and those suffering from chronic diseases must also get vaccinations,” added Dr Bhargav.