Health department prepares for swine flu

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 24, 2014 20:25 IST

As the winter has set in, the health department has geared up preparations to deal with swine flu. With dip in temperature there is a break on dengue cases, but it increases the fear of swine flu.

For this, district epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma has issued guidelines to all major hospitals of the city to prepare isolation wards and ventilators.

Dr Verma said, “Arrangements have been made in government as well as 10 private hospitals, including Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Christian Medical College (CMC), Fortis, Apollo and others. We have 53 isolation beds and 38 ventilators to deal with swine flu patients.”

Dr Verma said the testing for swine flu patients and medicine for treating swine flu patients was being provided free of cost by the health department. So, if any patient feels the symptoms of swine flu, he/she should approach the nearest hospital immediately.

Last season, nearly 20 cases of swine flu were reported from Ludhiana hospitals, which also included patients from other districts. Swine flu also claimed five lives in the last season.

Symptoms of swine flu

Most symptoms of swine flu are same as of the seasonal flu. They include cough, fever, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea and vomitting etc. Later on breathlessness, chest pain, drowsiness, low blood pressure, sputum mixed with blood, bluish discoloration of nails also develops.

Preventive steps:

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Stay at least six-feet away from people with flu-like illness

If you've got flu-like symptoms, avoid meeting people until you've been free of fever for 24 hour

Control room has been set up at civil surgeon's office, Ludhiana, So, contact 0161-2444193 for help.

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