'Hospitals fail to keep records'

49 licensed retail outlets to sell Schedule X drugs in State

Dr Vasudeva Murthy, state surveillance officer, said: “The hospitals have not maintained any documentation or records of patients who fell in category A and B. The designated doctors and paramedical staff did not even record the patients’ names,” he said.

People under category A and B do not have severe symptoms but their condition is prone to contracting the viral flu. Some of the hospitals do not even advise these patients to visit again, in case they develop any complications. “But the hospitals have now agreed to maintain records,” he said.

BBMP will hold a meeting with five medical colleges on Thursday and finalise on the number of medical students who will assist in the surveillance process. Dr Manoranjan Hedge, BBMP surveillance officer, said: “The medical colleges will provide as many students as they can spare for the survey. We will plan on the number of families to be surveyed and chalk out the awareness campaign.”

Licensed retail outlets

A total of 49 licensed retail outlets in the State have been authorised to sell, stock or distribute Schedule X drugs, with a majority being in Bangalore and Mysore. Dr B R Jagashetty, State Drugs Controller, said that obtaining the license was not very difficult with the procedure finishing within 24 hours.

DH News Service

2 more succumb to H1N1 flu

Two more deaths were attributed to the H1N1 influenza on Wednesday, taking the death toll in the State to 73.

A 35-year old-man admitted to a private hospital in Bangalore on Sept 9 expired on Sept 15. In another case, a 40-year-old woman admitted on Sept 11 to a private hospital in Bijapur succumbed the next day. Fourteen fresh positive cases were reported on Wednesday, with eight cases in Bangalore, three in Bijapur and one each in Mysore, Gadag and Belgaum.

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