HP government says ready to tackle Swine Flu

Shimla/February 23
The state is keeping a watch on swine flu situation in the state and is ready to tackle the its incidence, HP Health minister Kaul Singh said today.
After a meeting with health department officials, Health Minister Kaul Singh said that all districts of the state has been provided adequate supply of medicines to contain the spread of the disease and isolation wards had been formed at Medical Colleges and District Hospitals.
“As many as 102 patients with symptoms of Swine Flu has been reported from IGMC, Shimla this year and only 19 samples were found positive for H1N1. Of these, 8 cases have been reported from Kangra, 5 from Solan, 4 from Shimla, one each from Una and Sirmaur districts. Out of these 19 cases, two deaths have been reported in 2 cases at IGMC,” Singh said.
Singh further stated that Tamiflu, the medicine used for treatment of Swine Flu cases had been supplied to each districts in adequate quantities in advance. “We have issued guidelines of WHO for treatment of such cases and have sensitized BMOs, SMOs, MOs and paramedics through small orientation meetings and meetings for general public are being organized by the health workersin each district of the state. Furthermore, we have started house to house search for detection of new cases and suspected persons are put on treatment as per WHO guidelines,” he stated.
Isolation wards had been set up in Medical Colleges and district hospitals so as to prevent spread of infection. The confirmatory test facility was available in IGMC on free of cost and doctors had been deputed for counseling to combat fear factor among the contacts and general public, he added.