With fresh cases of swine flu being confirmed in neighbouring districts of Barnala and Sangrur, the district administration here claims to have made arrangements to tackle the threat.
Deputy commissioner Bhupinder Singh Rai recently conducted a meeting with officials of the health department and confirmed that so far now no one in the district has been tested positive for swine flu. A special swine flu Isolation ward has been set up for such patients in the civil hospital here.
The district health department said that all the equipments are available in the hospital and anyone with slightest of symptoms will be put in the isolation ward. "We have set up an isolation ward where we have proper medicines, masks, personal protection kits (PPK) and bottles of virus transport medium. Based on the symptoms, patients will be either kept in these wards or will be later referred to the PGI, Chandigarh," said Vinod K Berri, chief medical officer (CMO), Mansa.
Though the administration says that all arrangements are in place, residents claim otherwise. They say that due to lack of awareness and low standard of cleanliness, efforts of the administration seem to be a wild goose chase.
"Though it is not the first time the disease has been reported in the state, yet the administration has not done anything to create any awareness," claims one of the residents. Another resident of the bus stand area claimed that uncovered drains in the city are a high risk for which the administration seems to have no interest in tackling this problem.
"A swine flu ward in the civil hospital Ok but fist should also be taken to maintain cleanliness and cover the open drains in the streets," said a resident. The chances of contracting the disease are higher among those with low immunity, the elderly, pregnant women, and children below the age of five.