Docs blame health dept for panic

CITY DOCTORS feel that the Health Department?s reaction to the bird flu scare is a bit too much. They feel that the recent directive of the Health Department to reserve a ?bird flu? ward at every hospital in Kanpur zone districts was indirectly spreading panic.
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Published on Feb 23, 2006 12:21 AM IST
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CITY DOCTORS feel that the Health Department’s reaction to the bird flu scare is a bit too much.

They feel that the recent directive of the Health Department to reserve a ‘bird flu’ ward at every hospital in Kanpur zone districts was indirectly spreading panic.

As news of avian influenza reached the city, the Health Department made prompt arrangement of medicines. However, the department was hard pressed to decide on differentiating between general influenza patients and those who would require treatment for avian flu.

Following an order from the director-general (Health), all requisite arrangements have been made in hospitals of Kanpur Nagar and Dehat, Etawah, Auriaya, Farukhabad and Kannauj districts. Chief medical officers and medical superintendents have been issued texts pertaining to the avian flu virus, but doctors unofficially said that there was hardly any possibility of bird flu in the Kanpur zone.

They said that influenza was a common disease in this part of the world and if
anyone showed symptoms of bird flu then the patient would be given the same
treatment.

Doctors said that normally influenza lasts for 3-4 days and the virus losses strength even if medicine was not administered. A senior doctor saw in this hue and cry some conspiracy by certain multi-national drug manufacturers.

He said there was no need to keep hospital wards vacated for the arrival of avian influenza patients in the city.

“It appeared that the Health Department is working under pressure,” the doctor
said.

While describing the preparations of the Health Department, additional director in-charge of Kanpur zone Dr AK Chauhan said, “I have given instructions to all CMOs of the six districts to keep a tight vigil on patients and I have also instructed one veterinary surgeon of these district to monitor birds and on having any doubts he can send the sample for testing to verify the bird flu virus.”

He also said that zoo in these six districts were being observed continuously.

Meanwhile, medical superintendents at primary health centres and community health centres have been asked to collect samples from suspected patients.

If sample collection was not possible at CHCs and PHCs, according to additional director, then superintendents have been asked to refer the patients to the medical college.

Interestingly, a senior faculty of GSVM Medical College said, “Patients of influenza can be treated at PHCs and CHCs. If in compliance with the Health Department, doctors started referring influenza patients to medical college hospitals then it could disturb functioning there.”

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