District health officials to send advisories to IMA, hospitals on swine flu

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SummaryA series of programmes will get under way to increase awareness about early treatment by taking Tamiflu tablets

With the months of February and March usually showing a spike in the number of swine flu (H1N1 virus) cases, district health officials have decided to issue advisories to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the medical community to remain alert and treat symptomatic patients as early as possible.

“Delay in treating H1N1 virus (swine flu) has led to an increase in the number of cases and subsequent deaths,” said Dr Ashok Ingle, in charge of district H1N1 virus surveillance programme. Conducting a review of the situation at a meeting of health officers, Ingle said the last three-four months had seen a lull in the number of swine flu cases reported in the city.

“However, we need to maintain an alert as months of February and March have shown a spike in the number of swine flu cases,” Ingle said, listing his instructions to the health officials.

A series of programmes will get under way to increase awareness about early treatment by taking Tamiflu tablets. A letter will be sent to the IMA to take preventive measures and treat suspected swine flu cases at an early stage.

According to Pune Municipal Corporation health officials, there have been 275 swine flu cases with 46 deaths since January 2013. Out of the 46 deaths, a total of 11 are from the PMC areas while other patients had come to the city for treatment.

Since 2009, the city has seen 3,140 swine flu cases. While a total of 497 persons had to be admitted for intensive care, 249 of them died.

Of them, 162 patients were from Pune, health officials said.

To avoid patient overload at Pune hospitals, Ingle said, rural hospitals would be strengthened and surveillance measures upgraded.

The city has seen 275 swine flu cases and registered 46 deaths since January 2013

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