Throwing tantrums in time of flu
The mother-son duo who were forcefully taken out of their Rajokri farmhouse on Thursday night after they refused to get admitted in Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, have been shifted to Air port Health Organisation hospital.delhi Updated: Jun 13, 2009 01:43 IST
The mother-son duo who were forcefully taken out of their Rajokri farmhouse on Thursday night after they refused to get admitted in Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, have been shifted to Air port Health Organisation (APHO) hospital.
Both are infected with influenza H1N1 virus that causes swine flu.
“They insisted on being treated at home, but we can’t allow that. In their case, we had to invoke section 2 of the Epidemic Act, and shift them to APHO,” said J.P. Singh, Principal Health Secretary, Delhi Government.
But their tantrums — the 35-year-old son being an affluent businessman — refuse to end.
According to sources in the Union Health Ministry, staying in a government hospital (read RML) seemed to be a problem for them and even in APHO hospital they were not cooperating fully with the staff.
RML is the nodal centre for all swine flu cases in the Capital.
“The son is insisting on being discharged as he has tested negative in his latest reports. He has been taking a regular dose of Tamiflu, and it’s effective,” said a source in the health ministry, who did not wish to be identified, as he is not authorized to speak to the media.
With this 35-year-old man testing negative, the number of swine flu cases in the Capital remains at four.
The reports of the other two people — the 17-year-old Boston boy’s father and the French man who came from Hyderabad — are not in as yet, said the health ministry source.
Another problem is the retail sale of the anti-flu drug Tamiflu. The fear of contracting swine flu is making people buy the drug in bulk. On May 6, HT had reported how many chemists were illegally selling the drug on almost four times the price.
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had on Thursday said it was illegal to sell the drug publicly. “If cases of private chemists selling the drug are reported, authorities concerned should take action to prevent it,” he had said.
The Delhi government, on its part, has formed rapid response teams under specialists.
“We have appointed nine nodal officers for the nine districts and if people have any information to share about swine flu, be it illegal sale of Tamilflu or anything else, they should report it to the team,” said Singh.
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