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Alarmed after swine flu death, Chandigarh health dept begins door-to-door survey

A total of 110 teams, of two persons each, have been formed by the department. Apart from this, the department has also formed a special task force of 30 people.

punjab Updated: Jul 24, 2017 16:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Swine flu,Chandigarh
So far, six cases of swine flu have been reported in the Chandigarh and one death was also reported three days back.(Representational Photo)

To keep a check on the increasing number of swine flu (H1N1) cases in the city, the health department has decided to start house-to-house surveillance from Monday.

A total of 110 teams, of two persons each, have been formed by the department. Apart from this, the department has also formed a special task force of 30 people.

The teams will visit houses in the city from 8am to 2pm and from 2pm to 8pm and will examine people for flu-like symptoms. If anyone is found suffering from flu-like symptoms, the person will be sent to the concerned hospital immediately for detailed examination.

“We have formed a central control room in Sector 9 and central reporting room in Sector 16. From these two places, entire activities will be coordinated. Nodal officers have been assigned to every private and public hospital,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer.

So far, six cases of swine flu have been reported in the city and one death was also reported three days back.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease spread by a virus called H1N1. People who come in contact with the H1N1 virus start showing symptoms of high fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, fatigue or body ache.

Health department’s advisory

• Try to keep away from mass gatherings if you have fever or sore throat.

• If you have fever, sore throat and difficulty in breathing, immediately visit your nearest government hospital.

• Take healthy diet and adequate rest.

• Maintain personal hygiene by washing hands properly.

• Observe cough etiquettes by covering nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing.

• If you are visiting any affected person, maintain some distance.

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 16:23 IST