PUDUCHERY: Seven cases of A H1N1 (Swine Flu) were reported in Puducherry in the current year, as the Department of Health and Family welfare gears up for prevention and treatment.
Most of the cases are people working in the health sector and the infection is mild , said Director of Health and Family Welfare Dr K V Raman in a release after the Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao chaired a meeting with Secretary Health and other officials in this regard today.
All Medical officers and Health workers in district hospitals, community Hearth centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) have been sensitized about A H1N1 influenza. Medical officers have been instructed to manage them as per home care protocol of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, since the cases are mild.
As per the protocol, Cases with clinical suspicion of AH1N1 influenza (swine flu) are to be referred to India Gandhi Government general Hospital and Post graduate institute (IGGH&PGI) , Puducherry, moderately ill cases will be referred to Government Hospital for chest Diseases (GHCD)' Gorimedu, where isolation wards is made available and severe cases requiring respiratory intervention have to be referred to JIPMER.
Surveillance for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection and Influenza Like illness (SARI &ILI) is being carried out routinely for early detection and management of cases, he said. Functional control rooms for H1N1 has been established at IDSP and IGGGH&PGI . Deputy Director Public Health will be the Nodal Officer.
Oseltamivir capsules have been made available for treatment and for chemoprophylaxisatall at all Government hospitals, CHCs & PHCs'. Emergency Medical Relief, Influenza surveillance wing has consented to provide logistic support from central drug inventory to treat and prevent Influenza'.
Arrangement for health education and distribution of informative pamphlets at places of public gathering regarding mode of transmission and prevention of infection is bcing carried out.Plans for Vaccinating health staffs is also there on the pipeline, he said .