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Seven cases of  A H1N1  reported in Puducherry this year

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.

Published: 24th November 2017 10:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th November 2017 10:19 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

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 .



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