**Bhubaneswar**: With five persons in the Capital having tested positive for influenza A (H1N1) and undergoing treatment under “home quarantine”, the State Health Department has asked both government and private hospitals to be vigilant and report any suspected case of flu immediately.
The government officials are on toes and are taking all possible measures to check the outbreak of the seasonal flu as well as for its diagnosis and treatment. The Health Minister reviewed the situation on Monday.
“All the instruments needed to tackle with this deadly disease are kept ready. A five-bedded special ward for swine flu is set up, staff members are being earmarked. The necessary items like caps, masks and apron, entry and exit have been marked. There is a provision of ventilator in ICU if needed. We also have the facility of testing if a patient s suffering from swine flu or not and according treat him,” said Dr Chittaranjan Das, Director, Capital Hospital.
According to K.C Das, Director, Public Health Services, “5 positive cases of swine flu have been detected in Bhubaneswar. One of the 5 patients is very critical as she is a 70-yr-old woman who was admitted for a heart ailment. The treatment guideline has been disbursed to every doctor and paramedical practitioner regarding the symptoms, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. We have made all the necessary arrangements to combat this virus in all the PSE, CSEs, Headquarters Hospitals, Sub-divisional Hospital, and Medical Colleges. It is worth mentioning that all swine flu cases are not serious in nature.”
According to sources, two of the infected persons are from Bhubaneswar, where the rest three hail from Kalahandi, Jagatsinghpur and Khurda districts.
The influenza of humans caused by a subtype (H1N1) of an orthomyxovirus originating in swine (Pigs) is termed as Swine Flu. It is marked by symptoms like fever, sore throat, cough, chills, body aches, and fatigue among others.