An alert has been sounded in the district for the H1N1 (swine flu) virus after a 25-year-old woman was detected with the symptoms at Mission Hospital, Manali on Tuesday. According to sources, the woman, a resident of Hamirpur district, was admitted to the hospital after complaining of respiratory and cough problems.
A senior hospital physician, Dr Philip, who provided treatment to the patient, suspected swine flu symptoms and referred the patient for treatment to Fortis hospital in Mohali near Chandigarh. He also informed the district health officials who sent medicines to Mission Hospital.
Chief medical officer Kullu Baldev Thakur said: "We sent medicines to the hospital to be provided to those patients, who came into contact with the patient in the ICU, even though it is not yet confirmed that the patient was infected with swine flu".
Meanwhile, district health officer Sushil Chander said, "There is no need for people to panic and the district health authorities equipped with to deal with any such eventuality."
At the Kullu regional hospital medicines are available for treatment of swine flu and the drugs are also provided to the Banjar hospital.
When contacted, deputy commissioner Kullu Rakesh Kanwar said, "I have asked the health authorities to monitor the situation. Meanwhile, there are ample stocks of Tami Flu tablets for treating patients in time of need."