Pvt hospitals to store Tamiflu

Meeting held to chalk out measures to prevent spread of A (H1N1) in the district


Speaking at a meeting held at his office to chalk out strategies to prevent spread of the pandemic here on Monday, the DC said that treatment should be started immediately for the infected belonging to ‘B’ category, without waiting for investigation reports.

He distributed 50 Tamiflu tablets to 20 selected private hospitals.

The DC disclosed that 250 Tamiflu tablets have been supplied to taluk-level hospitals as well and the tablets would be distributed to 61 Primary Health Centres through taluk hospitals as and when required. He instructed the doctors to commence the treatment as soon as the H1N1 symptoms manifest in a patient.

Directions were issued to Municipal Commissioner and Chief Officer of Town Municipality to prevent stagnation of water. Rain water collects in the tyres in garage and steps should be taken to prevent such collection of water. Vacant sites should be cleaned and damaged pipes supplying drinking water should be repaired at the earliest.
Chlorination must be carried out at regular intervals, he said asking the officers to carry out all these tasks on a war-footing basis, noted Prabhakar.

“The authorities concerned should supervise these jobs. Issue of notices won’t serve the purpose,” the Deputy  Commissioner said.

H1N1 death

District Surveillance Officer Dr Narayanaswamy said that Reshma of Malur taluk has succumbed to the infection and precautionary measures have been taken across the district to check the spread.

 “It is difficult to save the infected persons examined at the last stage. Hence, it is very important to diagnose the infection at the primary stage,” he stated.

He disclosed that 20 swabs have been dispatched to the district and they must be used only for cases found extremely necessary. There is no need to conduct obtain swab samples and send them for testing in all the cases.

District Health and Family Welfare Officer Dr Ramesh Babu said that district, taluk and
private hospitals should call a meeting to educate their staff on the symptoms of the A(H1N1) influenza. The temperature at separate wards should be maintained at least two degrees more. A doctor and a staff should be deputed for the ward. Patients should also be educated on taking precautions. Private hospitals should furnish information on the people tested for the influenza, he directed.

Zilla Panchayat chief executive officer G V Rangarao was present at the meeting.

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