Thane records 25 H3N2 cases, one death in 15 days
TMC commissioner Abhijit Bangar has directed the health department to stay vigilant. All doctors in the city have been instructed to start immediate treatment without waiting for test results if patients show symptoms related to H3N2 influenza
Thane: Twenty-five cases of H3N2 influenza and a death due to the infection has been recorded under the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) jurisdiction in the last 15 days.
Following this, TMC commissioner Abhijit Bangar has directed the health department to stay vigilant.
All doctors in the city have been instructed to start immediate treatment without waiting for test results if patients show symptoms related to H3N2 influenza.
Bangar said, “The health department should provide guidelines to all doctors in this regard. If necessary, a meeting should be held and leaflets should be distributed. Instructions have been given to inform about the guidelines in the WhatsApp group of health centres.”
“Many citizens consult a private doctor first when symptoms of illness appear. If they are not treated properly, they can lead to serious consequences. For this, private doctors will be guided by the health department. At the civil health centre-level, the medical officer has formed a WhatsApp group to coordinate with private doctors,” he added.
A guideline has been prepared and distributed to all private doctors on what to do after a fever patient arrives and instructions to follow have been given if a patient is found to have H3N2 symptoms.
“They should immediately bring it to the attention of the concerned medical officers,” he added.
Symptoms of Influenza
Mild fever, cough, sore throat, body ache, headache, diarrhoea, vomiting, shortness of breath, chest pain, bloody stools, low blood pressure, bluish-black nails, irritability in children.