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Hospitals asked to gear up for any eventuality


Another patient tests positive for H1N1

Indore : A patient has tested positive for H1N1 (swine flu) in the city. The patient is currently under observation in Choithram Hospital.

Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme (IDSP) in-charge Dr Asha Pandit attributed climatic changes for the virus spreading its tentacles in the city. The department has directed all hospitals to set up isolation wards and be prepared for any eventuality.

Talking about 58-year-old woman of Sagor in Pithampur, who became the first victim of the disease in two years, Dr Pandit said, “She was initially admitted to Choithram Hospital and later shifted to CHL Hospital. We are going through her travel history. As no swine flu outbreak was reported in the city in last couple of years, she may have contracted the disease during her visit to nearby states.”

The city has 28 H1N1 virus scanning centres, including 18 private and 10 government hospitals. Special isolation wards have been readied in MY Hospital and District Hospital to meet any eventuality.

Delay in Virology Lab hits fight against swine flu

Activists of Jan Adhikar Manch approached Mahatma Gandhi Medical College administration to request speeding up of formalities for setting up virology lab in the city. Manch’s Hemant Joshi said, “Health department sends samples to Jabalpur for testing. Report arrives after three to four days thus delaying the treatment of patient.”

Two years back, the government had announced setting up of lab in the city and had even sanctioned Rs 1.70 crore for the project. The delay has put patients’ lives at stake. On its part, the medical college administration blames change in site of laboratory for the delay. It said that initially, the lab was to come up at a vacant piece of land in the premises. However, not it would be set up in new building of microbiology department.