Indore: Swine flu ‘sting’ fails to prompt government action

Indore: Just a day after reviewing the facilities in hospitals for swine flu patients in Indore by Health Minister Tulsi Silawat, two more patients succumbed to the deadly disease on Tuesday.

Moreover, health department officials, who woke up from their slumber after many deaths, wasted a day in constituting team for inspection in the hospitals even after the direction from the minister to take immediate step.

According to integrated diseases surveillance program in-charge Dr Santosh Sisodiya, “A 60-year-old male, resident of Mangliya, succumbed to the disease in Bombay Hospital on Tuesday while a 79-year-old female, resident of Dhar, died of the disease in MY Hospital.”

The male patient was admitted to hospital on February 25 and the female patient was admitted to the hospital on February 26 in critical condition. Both the patients succumbed to the disease after struggling for more than a week.

With new deaths, the toll in city reached to 23 while the number of positive patients reached to 74, since January 1. The number of death in last two-months is more than the double of total deaths last year.

Indore: Swine flu ‘sting’ fails to prompt government action

Officials yet to act on Minister’s order

Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Pravin Jadia claimed that they have started screening of patients suffering from cough and cold in OPDs of the government hospitals from Tuesday but they don’t have the number of patients screened.

“Reporting of the patients suffering from cough and cold will be done weekly and they will get the total number of patients screened and suspected after a week only,” he said.

However, the minister had ordered to take immediate steps but the officials are waiting for the temperature to increase for getting rid of the disease instead of taking steps to save lives.

Day temperature dropped further

With the change in weather conditions, the day and night temperature on Tuesday dropped by two degrees Celsius in comparison with the temperature recorded on Monday.

The maximum temperature on Tuesday was pegged at 27.5 degrees Celsius which was five degrees Celsius below the normal while the minimum temperature was recorded at 14.4 degrees Celsius which was one degree Celsius below the normal.

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