Girl from Toronto affected with flu

Victoria hospital to streamline treatment procedure


The girl has been admitted at the Lakeside Medical Centre and Hospital along with her parents. The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) collected her samples and advised home-quarantine. As a precautionary measure, throat swab samples of her parents and four other relatives have been collected for tests.

A 62-year-old man who tested positive with the virus, is also admitted at Lakeside. He was also advised to undergo home-quarantine, and throat swabs of four members of his family were collected for tests.

Quarantine

Unlike RGICD, doctors at Victoria Hospital is contemplating admitting any patient who visits the hospital and is discharged only if he/she tests negative for the flu.

Joint Director (CMD) Dr Cheluvaraj said that, decision on the procedure of admitting patients until tested negative is yet to be taken. "We are still in the process of streamlining the treatment procedures. We will speak to the authorities in Delhi if required," Dr Cheluvaraj said.

However, RGICD Director Dr Shashidhar Buggi said that decisions regarding patient's quarantine will be taken by the doctors in the hospital. He said, "We need to check the patient's nature and environment, and depending on his ability, decision on hospital or home-quarantine will be taken".

15 cases tested positive

Meanwhile, 15 patients were screened at the RGICD, samples have been collected and sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. 

A three-year-old girl who arrived from Dubai was found to have symptoms of H1N1 Flu while being screened at the Bengaluru International Airport ( BIA).  Throat swabs samples were collected and she is now admitted at the RGICD.

Eighteen samples, including those from admitted patients were sent by the RGICD to NIV.  Second samples of the four patients admitted at Victoria were also sent on Monday. Till date, 15 cases have tested positive in the City.

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