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Over 100 cases of Swine flu reported in GB Nagar, Ghaziabad

The state health department is under lot of criticism for its apathy and negligence in the wake of death of 35 children in a Gorakhpur Hospital due to lack of oxygen supply.

noida Updated: Aug 13, 2017 22:08 IST
Vaibhav Jha
A swine flu ward in a Ghaziabad hospital.
A swine flu ward in a Ghaziabad hospital.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

In the past three days, 19 more Swine flu cases from Gautam Budh Nagar and 13 more cases from Ghaziabad have been confirmed positive by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Till Sunday evening, the total count of positive swine flu cases in Gautam Budh Nagar was at 52 and 60 in Ghaziabad.

Till Thursday evening, the count of positive cases in Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad were at 33 and 47 respectively.

“According to reports received from NCDC till yesterday, the total count of swine flu cases in the district stands at 60. We have sent a total of 123 suspected samples to the NCDC till now,” said GK Mishra, district malaria officer, Ghaziabad.

“The count of positive swine flu cases in Gautam Budh Nagar has now reached 52,” said Dr Anurag Bhargav, chief medical officer, Gautam Budh Nagar.

Swine flu is an infection caused by swine influenza virus that is endemic in pigs. It is a highly contagious disease and can be easily spread from a patient through saliva and mucus particles

Meanwhile in Ghaziabad, the H1N1 influenza has caused second death in a span of one month. On August 9, Seema Chauhan (45) succumbed to death at Yashoda Hospital in Ghaziabad after she was admitted to the hospital with fever, said officials. Chauhan was a homemaker who was a resident of Karhera in Ghaziabad and her native place is Haryana.

“We received a report from the hospital that Seema had contracted H1N1 and it was confirmed in that hospital itself. This is the second death in the district due to swine flu this year,” added Mishra.

In the wake of two deaths, the Ghaziabad health department is now gearing up to tackle the menace of the influenza. On Sunday, the state minister for health, Siddarth Nath Singh asked NK Gupta, the chief medical officer of Ghaziabad, to ensure that no negligence is shown towards patients suffering from H1N1.

The state health department is under lot of criticism for its apathy and negligence in the wake of death of 35 children in a Gorakhpur Hospital due to lack of oxygen supply.

“Singh had a telephonic conversation with me today where he showed his concern over rising cases of H1N1 in the district. He has directed all government and private hospitals to differentiate Swine flu in three categories and then treat patients accordingly,” said Gupta in a circular.

According to Singh, the H1N1 influenza should be divided in three categories where the first category will include suspected patients who have cough, mild fever and sore throat.

“Such suspected patients need not consult a laboratory test for confirmation. They must maintain distance from their family members and they must consult a physician in the next 24 to 48 hours,” said Gupta in the circular.

In the second category, such suspected patients who have high fever and serious cough, they must be kept isolated in their homes and given Oseltamivir tablets. However, even such people do not need tests for H1N1 from laboratory.

In the third category, such patients who along with high fever, serious cough and sore throat show symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, drowsiness, low blood circulation, blueness of nails, their blood sample must be sent to the laboratory for tests.

“One must not panic in cases of H1N1 influenza. We have clearly differentiated the patients who need immediate lab test and those who need medical attention,” said Gupta.