Sangrur civil hospital ill prepared to deal with swine flu cases

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sangrur
  • Updated: Feb 05, 2015 20:29 IST

Despite two cases of swine flu being reported from the district, the medical authorities of the civil hospital here do not seem serious about the deadly H1N1 virus.

Though the hospital management has created a separate ward for swine flu patients, its doors are closed and it does not have a single staff member.

With chief medical officer of the district Subodh Gupta is on leave and the nodal officer for swine flu Dr Upasana Bindra sits in the mini secretariat building.

Moreover, the hospital does not have enough infrastructure for sampling and providing initial treatment to patients. The only ventilator of the hospital is out of order for long time and hospital is dependent on private hospitals to provide facilities to its patients.

"We don't have ventilator, but the hospital has tie-up with two private hospitals for ventilator facility, and if we find symptoms of swine flu, we refer them to Rajindera Hospital in Patiala or PGI Chandigarh," said Balwant Singh, senior medical officer.

"We have formed a team under Dr Gaurav Mittal (a senior doctor here) to examine the patients having symptoms of swine flu. Right now doctors are busy examining family members of two swine flu patients identified from the district," said Dr Upasna Bindra, an epidemiologist at the civil hospital. She, however, refused to comment about poor infrastructure in the hospital and said, "These questions should be asked to the CMO and SMO."

However, the nodal officer said that only two women patients Baldev Kaur, 62, of Bagrian village and Vimal Kaur, 50, of Sangrur have tested positive of H1N1, and admitted to PGI Chandigarh.

"The district medical authorities are not aware about exact number of swine flu patients, most of the people do not come here as they are aware about the poor infrastructure and prefer to go to Chandigarh or other big hospitals," a hospital employee said on conditions of anonymity.

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