Temple town yet to wake up to the threat

Published: 29th October 2012 12:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2012 12:48 PM   |  A+A-

Even though people are falling prey to the dreaded swine flu in various parts of the state, the medical and health officials and the TTD administration seem to have not woken up to the threat looming large on the temple town.

As mass gatherings can lead to the spread of swine flu from area to another area, the temple town which draws thousands of devotees from all over the country and also abroad every day stands as a high risk area.

As such, there is a dire need for setting up a swine flu screening centre here, say medical experts.

Surprisingly, no such steps have been taken up by the officials so far. Instead, the district medical and health officials are claiming that they  have set up an Infectious Diseases Ward (IDW) at Ruia hospital to monitor swine flu cases. However, it was found that the hospital authorities were still using the ward for treating other emergency cases.

When contacted, district medical and health officer (DMHO) K Lalitha Kumari said as there was no swine flu suspect case so far the doctors are using the ward for other purposes.

Asked why they have not deployed any medical teams at airport, railway station, bus station and other important locations for identifying and shifting swine flu suspect cases for screening as was done earlier, she said as of now the impact of the virus is not at an alarming level. But officials are equipped with testing kits and medicines required for treating swine flu patients, she added.


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