City govt hospitals on alert as number of swine flu cases rise

A spurt in the number of swine flu cases in the city in this season which began in September 2012 till date, has sent the heath department into a tizzy and has put the city government hospitals on alert.

While the Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16 and the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 have made arrangements for a special area where the suspected patients of swine flu can come and their samples can then be sent for testing, PGIMER, which is catering to the swine flu patients from the region is yet to do the same.

This is despite the fact that the government of India's guidelines clearly state that the hospital should make adequate arrangements for dealing with such diseases. The central government guidelines state that hospitals must set up isolated screening areas and wards for testing and housing the suspected and infected patients in case any such case is reported.

The only saving grace for the premier institute is the fact that it has made arrangements for all the employees of the institute to get the preventive vaccine free of cost.

While the medicines and the preventive vaccine are also available off the counters across the city, the UT Health Department's nodal officer Dr Anil Garg said that the health department was providing the same at the dispensaries and the hospitals free of cost.

In fact, three employees of PGI were the first ones in the city to have acquired swine flu.

In the wake of the growing number of cases, the UT Health Department had set up special testing clinics both at GMSH-16 and Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, in January. At GMSH-16 and GMCH-32, a special 24x7 sample collection facility has been started by the UT Health Department.

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