Delhi hospitals told to gear up for swine flu treatment

Delhi Health Minister A. K. Walia on Thursday directed the 17 government and five private hospitals identified for isolation care and treatment facility for H1N1 cases to gear up for timely management and treatment of swine flu, which has already claimed three lives this year.

Reviewing the situation with regard to recent spurt in H1N1 cases, Dr. Walia directed that all these 22 hospitals should have arrangements for intensive care facilities and must ensure that their ventilators are ready to meet any required intervention.

The Minister said so far 60 cases of H1N1 have been reported this year and three patients have died. He said keeping in mind the growing incidence of H1N1, there was an immediate need to make arrangements for any exigency.

“Though there is no need for panic, public should also take due precaution for prevention and management of the disease,’’ Dr. Walia said.

The Health Minister also directed all the hospitals to have a nodal officer for H1N1 cases so that the patients receive immediate attention and co-ordinated care. He instructed the health officials to put up the guidelines for treatment and management of H1N1 cases on the official website so that all hospitals, private nursing homes and doctors could follow the laid down procedure.

Dr. Walia said the testing for H1N1 cases is being done at National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), All-India Institute of Medical Sciences and Patel Chest Institute. In addition to these, five private laboratories also possess these facilities.

Noting that H1N1 was completely manageable and curable provided adequate precaution and timely treatment is taken, the Minister said its symptoms such as high grade fever, respiratory problem, chest pain and blood in sputum should be taken serious and must be reported within the first 48 hours as otherwise multi-organ problems can develop in a patient.

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