Swab tests for 'C' cases only: Health Secy

13 more test positive in State on Monday; number rises to 173


Of the cases confirmed on Monday, as many as 11 are from Bangalore; one case has been reported each, from Belgaum and Udupi.

Addressing a press conference in Bangalore, Health and Family Welfare Principal Secretary I R Perumal said that only those categorised as category C patients will be subjected to swab tests for Influenza A (H1N1). Others will be administered with Tamiflu tablets.

According to the revised guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, patients who show signs of breathlessness, chest pain, drowsiness, fall in blood pressure, sputum mixed with blood and bluish discolouration of nails (Category C) will require testing and immediate hospitalisation.

Patients categorised as ‘A’ and ‘B’ category cases will only be administered Tamiflu tablets, Perumal said. Category A symptoms include mild fever plus cough, sore throat with or without bodyache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting.

In addition to the category A symptoms, if patients fall under high-risk group - including children below five years, pregnant women, persons aged over 65 and older and patients with either lung, heart, liver, kidney disease, blood disorders, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer and HIV/AIDS - they will fall under Category B.

 Dr V Ravi, Head of the Department of Neuro-Virology at NIMHANS said that his institution has so received 2,522 swab samples for testing so far However, with the existing infrastructure it was possible to test only 100 samples per day. In was practically impossible to complete testing of all the incoming samples in a singe day. He urged people not to insist on H1N1 tests.

Lab facilities
Dr Ravi said Bangalore-based Narayana Hrudayalaya had evinced interest in opening lab facilities for testing swabs .

A team from Narayana Hrudayalaya had visited Nimhans to study the infrastructure facilities. However, the final clearance for conducting the tests rested with the Centre, he said.

Health and Family Welfare Principal Secretary I R Perumal said the government has sufficient stock of Tamiflu. As many as one lakh tablets are stocked in Bangalore alone. The government has also started dispatching 10,000 Tamiflu tablets to each district.
The Health department had convened a meeting with ayurveda experts on Tuesday.

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