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Delhi hospitals set up special wards for bird flu

The Delhi Govt instructed food joints to procure chickens from authorised Ghazipur poultry market only.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 23:11 IST

Hospitals in the Capital have set up special wards for treatment of any suspected human case of bird flu.

Also, the Delhi Government on Tuesday instructed food joints in the city to procure chickens from the authorised Ghazipur poultry market only.

A 10-bedded ward has been created in the trauma centre of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and another ward, with 20 beds, has been set up at the Deendayal Upadhyay Hospital to treat any suspected human case of avian flu.

The information was given at a meeting convened by Delhi Health Minister Yoganand Shastri of the Medical Superintendents of 12 city hospitals to take stock of their preparedness.

Laboratories of Maulana Azad Hospital and AIIMS have been identified for conducting confirmatory blood tests for suspect human cases.

"We are fully prepared to meet any eventualities in Delhi," Shastri said after the meeting, informing that three million doses of the anti-flu medicine Tamiflu were now available in Delhi and there was no need to panic.

He said the government on Tuesday sent instructions to all the city hotels asking them to procure chickens only from authorised Ghazipur poultry market.

"Our doctors are checking the chicken in Ghazipur poultry market before they are sold and I have asked the hotels to buy chickens only from the Ghazipur Market," he said.

Some city hotels and restaurants have already stopped serving chicken since on Monday.

First Published: Feb 21, 2006 16:15 IST