KURNOOL: With the death of a person from Mantralayam on Tuesday, the swine flu toll in Kurnool district has risen to seven in the past one month. “So far, 24 cases have been identified in the district,’’ Collector S Satyanarayana told the media on Tuesday evening. Of the 24 positive cases reported in the district, seven died, while 11 are being treated at the Kurnool Government General Hospital.
Six persons have been discharged from hospitals after treatment, the Collector said.
Satyanarayana said the KGGH has well-equipped laboratory and they have also set up separate blocks in the hospital to give medical treatment to persons affected by swine flu. As many as 11 round-the-clock screening centres, including the ones at Srisailam and Mantralayam, were set up across the district, he added.
Primary screening medical test centres were also set up at all places, including bus stands and railway stations in all major towns, where people congregate in large numbers, he said.
The H1N1 virus spread in the district is a cause for concern, but there is nothing to worry as the medical administration is equipped with required medication and facilities to control and manage the spread of virus, he said.
The Collector also directed the managements of hospitals to ensure adequate stocks of drugs, vaccines and masks, besides establishing separate outpatient (OP) wings for men, women, children and senior citizens.
He appealed to the people to seek treatment, if anyone has been suffering from symptoms such as fever, cold, cough, breathlessness, fatigue, shivers, dysentery and body pains.
Later, the Collector held a meeting with Kurnool Government General Hospital Development Society to review the conditions in the government hospitals across the district and take precautionary measures.
KGGH Superintendent Dr P Chandrasekar, DM&HO Dr JVVRK Prasad and others were present.