31 swine flu cases in Haryana, 9 deaths in Jan

Health department issues guidelines, calls for isolation wards

Among the 31 cases of swine flu reported from Haryana in January alone, nine patients have died. Following this, the health department has issued guidelines to all districts to prepare separate isolation wards or rooms in hospitals for such patients.

"While 17 patients were admitted to hospitals, three have been discharged.

Two patients, one each in Rohtak and Fatehabad, are at home and have been quarantined. Till Wednesday, nine deaths have been reported three in Kurukshetra, two each in Karnal and Sirsa and one each in Hisar and Gurgaon," a government spokesperson said.

A maximum of nine cases have been reported from Karnal district, followed by four each from

Kurukshetra and Fatehabad, three each from Hisar and Sirsa, two each from Yamunanagar, Kaithal and Panchkula and one

each from Rohtak and Ambala districts.

The government has asked all districts to arrange for separate isolation wards in hospitals and ensure that linen, blood pressure apparatus and thermometer are separately available in such rooms. Also, dedicated physicians, nurses and paramedical staff must be available at such wards with oxygen cylinders, pulse oxymeter and portable x-ray machines.

"All civil surgeons have been asked to identify the nearest health institution with ventilator facilities. As ventilator facilities are available only in Rohtak, Agroha, Sonepat and Gurgaon, civil surgeons have been asked to tie up even with private health institutions, which will provide ventilator facilities for the patients, if referred from government hospitals," the spokesperson said.

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