Suspected case tested negative; no need to panic, say doctors

  • Shaheen P Parshad, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jan 22, 2015 23:12 IST

In a relief to city residents, a suspected swine flu case at a private hospital here has been tested negative.

Amarjit Singh, 45-year-old resident of Malikpur village, was admitted at a hospital on Tuesday with symptoms akin to those of swine flu and his nasal and throat swabs had been sent for a testing. “The test turned out to be negative. However, the department is working hard to keep a check on H1N1 outbreak, which breeds extensively in the winter,” said district epidemiologist Dr Raju Chauhan.

Apart from setting up special wards at government hospitals, providing kits and Tamiflu medicines, said Dr Chauhan, the department had conducted extensive fogging to disinfect air to keep H1N1 at bay.

The death of 55-year-old Batala road resident Surjit Kaur has apparently unnerved the district health authorities, which had conducted fogging of the Batala road area soon after her death.

Dr Chauhan said the fogging operations along Batala Road would continue through Friday.

No need to panic

Stating that this winter only one case has been tested positive for swine flu in the city, civil surgeon Dr Rajiv Bhalla urged residents not to panic. “There is no need to panic. The health department is well-equipped with medicines and kits to tackle swine flu,” he claimed.

He, however, told people to take precautions to keep the disease at bay.


Avoid visiting overcrowded marketplaces or areas near slaughter house

Use a face mask when visiting such areas

Wash hands as often as possible

Cover nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing

Avoid touching nose, mouth or eyes with bare hands

Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Keep your surroundings clean?

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