This season, 11 tested positive for swine flu, 4 from city

Around 11 people have so far tested positive for swine flu, of whom, four are from the city while the remaining cases are from the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. All the cases from Chandigarh had been quarantined and have recovered.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to further strengthen surveillance, a meeting of public health experts from PGIMER, GMCH-32 and GMSH-16 was convened in the office of assistant director, malaria under the chairmanship of the health services director on Tuesday.

The sample collection facility for H1N1 influenza A is available in all government hospitals: PGIMER, GMCH-32, GMSH-16 while private hospitals like INSCOL, MUKAT and Chaitanya also have the facility. PGIMER is the apex referral lab for the testing of H1N1 and Tamiflu, the prescribed medicine, is available at the state headquarters, UT-Chandigarh.

Play it safe

Cover mouth and nose with handkerchief while coughing and sneezing.

Eat healthy diet, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Personal hygiene particularly washing hands is vital.

In case of symptoms like high fever, difficulty in breathing and cough, refrain from self-medication and consult a doctor.

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