58 swine flu cases reported in Haryana so far


Stating this here today, a spokesman of Haryana Health Department said that two persons suffering from swine flu and hailing from Haryana have sofar died in a hospital in New Delhi where they were under treatment.

They included Usha Jain, 42, a resident of Faridabad who passed away yesterday and another person namely Samrat Pandya,31, of Gurgaon had died on August 20 last.

He said that a total of 58 positive cases were reported from the State out of which, 49 belonged to Gurgaon district, five to Faridabad district, two to Panipat district, and one each to Sirsa and Bhiwani districts.

He said that the State Health Department has set up helplines to enable the get information concerning influenza A H1N1.

He said that the Director Principal of Pt. B.D.S. Post-graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Medical College, Mullana and Medical College, Agroha have already been asked to upgrade their laboratories for testing of influenza AH1N1 virus.

He said that all district units have already prepared pandemic action plan and held meetings under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner.
A close vigil on patients reporting the symptoms of influenza AH1N1 was being kept.

The Health Department has already taken all necessary steps about the preparedness in dealing with influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu), he added.
Rapid response teams at State and district level have been trained and are active.

Isolation wards have been created at all district hospitals.
Civil Surgeons have been directed to create extra isolation wards in private hospitals if need be.

Surveillance activities have been intensified in the districts.
Awareness among the public is being created to follow measures for prevention of the spread of the disease, he said.

The districts are ready for quick response in identification, testing, isolation, treatment of cases of influenza AH1N1.

He said that the medicines oseltamivir (Tami Flu) and personal protecting kits have been made available to all the district units.

The Haryana Government has already in view of the threat of a possible outbreak of a dangerous epidemic disease namely A H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flue) and where the ordinary provisions of law for the time being in force are insufficient for the purpose, issued a notification on August 10 last to enforce certain regulations at once under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897.

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