Health department issues guidelines on swine flu

  • Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2015 08:43 IST

The health department has issued guidelines to the schools and colleges to avoid organising big gatherings to avoid the spread of swine flu.

The education institutes have also been asked to check in the morning assembly if any student shows flu-like symptoms so that he or she can be sent on a week leave and given medical treatment.

District epidemiologist, Dr Anil Verma said, "I have written to the district education officer regarding what should and shouldn't be done to keep swine flu at bay. These guidelines will be sent to the colleges and the hostel authorities of the schools and colleges."

Dr Verma said, "We have asked the teachers to keep a tab on the health of the students in every class and to send those, who show flu symptoms, on a leave for seven days. Besides schools colleges have been asked to spread awareness about swine flu by displaying it on the notice boards etc. Awareness can be created this way."

The teachers and other staff members, if show symptoms of the virus, will also be sent on leave.

Close tab of swine flu patients' kin

The health department is keeping a tab on the relatives of the four swine flu patients, who were recently tested positive in the city. The relatives of such patients will be given treatment if they found affected by the swine flu virus. Dr Verma said, "We have set up a control room (0161-2444193) also where everyone can call for help. Testing of swine flu and medicines are provided free of cost by the health department.


Swine flu is a virus disease caused by H1N1. Its symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, stuffy or running nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting etc. Later on, breathlessness, chest pain, drowsiness, fall in blood pressure, sputum mixed with blood, bluish discoloration of nails develops.


Hands should be washed frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing. Mouth and nose should be covered while coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. If one develops flu-like symptoms, he should avoid meeting others until 24 hours after fever has been treated. People should also stay at least six feet away from those who show symptoms of the H1N1 virus.

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