40 health inspectors to visit them everyday

The Directorate of Public Health has increased surveillance in private hospitals in the city to keep a closer tab on A(H1N1) influenza cases.

A total of 40 health inspectors, in and around Chennai, have been tasked with visiting major private hospitals and those in the periphery everyday to ensure that these hospitals suspect A(H1N1) in patients who show the symptoms. “The idea is to intensify surveillance, especially in the private sector, where we are not convinced there is 100 per cent reporting of A(H1N1) cases,” R. Durairaj, joint director, Directorate of Public Health, told The Hindu.

More recently, late identification and testing of patients who report with symptoms for A(H1N1) was also attributed as a significant cause for death. The health inspectors are responsible for ensuring that the private hospitals test for the infection early and provide appropriate treatment for patients who test positive.

The health inspectors will also have to check if adequate quantities of drugs (Tamiflu), and vaccines are available, Director of Public Health, R.T. Porkaipandian said.