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Swine Flu Epidemic Doctors Tracking Online First as swine flu death in Europe reported,India’s cases at 19 (Lead)

By Live Dr - Sun Jun 14, 4:01 pm

Two more people – a 29-year-old woman and her three-year-old daughter who arrived from the US – have tested positive for swine flu, taking the total number of confirmed cases in India to 19 so far.
“The mother and child reached Bangalore Friday from New Jersey. Tests confirmed Saturday night that they are infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus,” S. Buggi, director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in Bangalore, told IANS over phone Sunday.

“We have notified the test results to Delhi (health ministry). The mother and child are under medical treatment at our hospital,” he added.

With the number of swine flu patients in the country on the rise, the health ministry is holding a monitoring committee meeting Sunday along with experts from the World Health Organisation and National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

“We will discuss about various issues related to the disease at the meeting,” said Shashi Khare, head of Virology, NICD.

On Saturday, a 20-month-old boy from Hyderabad tested positive for the influenza A (H1N1) virus, a day after his six-year-old sister was confirmed with the infection.

According to the WHO, which has declared swine flu a pandemic, 74 countries have officially reported 29,669 cases of the influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 145 deaths.

Lucknow, June 14 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh will rope in private doctors to meet a shortage of 5,000 medicos in the state provincial medical service, an official said here Sunday.
“With health services getting virtually paralysed in several government hospitals, primary and community health centres owing to shortage of doctors, the move will enable the state government offer better health facilities,” Director General (Medical and Health) I.S. Srivastava told IANS.

As per the government’s decision, private medicos can offer their services to government hospitals, primary and community health centres on a daily or monthly basis. The remuneration norms have been fixed.

“Private doctors opting to serve government hospitals would be given Rs.1,000 per day. This has been conveyed to the chief medical officers (CMOs) of all the 71 districts,” said Srivastava.

The strength of the Uttar Pradesh provincial medical service is 12,000, of which 5,000 posts are lying vacant. The government is expected to start hiring private doctors from the first week of July, the official said.

The state government had last week decided to go for campus recruitment of doctors for filling the vacant posts, the official added.

Chandigarh, June 14 (IANS) Four members of a family who interacted with a swine flu-infected relative in Delhi have been quarantined as a precautionary measure, a health official said here Sunday.
According to the official, a middle-aged couple and their son had gone to Delhi June 9 to receive their daughter who was arriving from Australia. The four also met a relative at the airport who had come from the US the same day. They spent the night together at a friend’s house in New Delhi and the family left for Chandigarh June 10.

The relative, who had arrived from the US, exhibited swine flu symptoms and tested positive for the influenza A (H1N1) virus at a hospital in New Delhi on June 11.

The union health ministry informed the Chandigarh authorities about the flu case. “We have quarantined the family. Our doctors are examining them twice a day,” Union Territory nodal officer for swine flu H.C. Gera told IANS.

“We have told the family to remain indoors for the next one week and also inform their friends and relatives to stay away for this period. Although they have not shown any symptoms of swine flu, we do not want to take any chances,” Gera said.

A senior official of the health department told IANS: “Till now we have received four suspected cases of swine flu. We had sent their samples to Delhi but all of them were tested negative.”

“Yesterday (Saturday) evening we received another case of a woman from a Haryana town with flu symptoms. She has been admitted in an isolation ward in a government hospital in Sector 16 and her blood samples have

New Delhi June 14 (IANS) India needs around nine million units of blood every year to tackle several health related problems but faces a shortage of at least 33 percent, a medical body said Sunday, observed as the World Blood Donors Day.
According to the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohematology (ISBTI) as against the requirement, the annual collection in India is mere six million units of blood.

“There is an acute shortage of blood, and India with a population of over one billion is still struggling to meet ends in terms of blood donation. The percentage of voluntary blood donation is just 60 percent and the problem can be handled once more people come forward to join the noble cause (blood donation),” said R.N. Makroo, secretary general of ISBTI.

To encourage people to come forward, the medical body along with Indraprastha Apollo Hospital felicitated 28 blood donor organisations and 60 individual donors Sunday at the India Habitat Centre here.

“Blood donation is a community movement and we want people to come forward and donate blood,” said Makroo, who himself has donated blood 105 times.

V.N. Hurkat, who has donated blood over 100 times, told IANS: “Blood cannot be produced like agricultural produce. It needs to be donated for saving priceless lives. I have always felt humbled by donating blood and I believe more awareness campaigns must be organised to encourage people.”

Author and motivational speaker Shiv Khera, who was also present on the occasion, encouraged people to donate more blood. “Donating blood for a family member is different from donating to an unknown person. There is a different pleasure in saving lives.”

Makroo also urged blood banks to improve blood safety by incorporating latest testing technologies and also emphasized the need for blood components. This year the theme of World Donor Day 2009 is 100 percent voluntary plasma donation.

New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) Swine flu continues to spread in India with two more people – a 29-year-old woman and her three-year-old daughter who arrived from the US – testing positive, taking the number of confirmed influenza A (H1N1) cases to 19, officials said.
“The mother and child reached Bangalore Friday from New Jersey. Tests confirmed Saturday night that they are infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus,” S. Buggi, director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in Bangalore, told IANS over the telephone Sunday.

“We have notified the test results to Delhi (the health ministry). The mother and child are in isolation ward and under medical treatment at our hospital,” he added.

According to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, a third case is yet to be notified. “We are yet to notify another test and the sample is under test for confirmation,” said Sashi Khare, head of virology at NICD.

With the number of swine flu patients in the country on the rise, the health ministry held a meeting Sunday with experts from the World Health Organisation and NICD.

“There is nothing to panic and all necessary medicinal requirements are there with us. We are taking all measures,” a ministry official said adding that the meeting took stock of the situation.

Meanwhile, four members of a family in Chandigarh who interacted with a swine flu-infected relative in Delhi have been quarantined as a precautionary measure.

A middle-aged couple and their son had gone to Delhi June 9 to receive their daughter who was arriving from Australia. The four also met a relative at the airport who had come from the US the same day. They spent the night at a friend’s home in New Delhi and left for Chandigarh June 10.

The relative who had arrived from the US exhibited swine flu symptoms and tested positive for the influenza A (H1N1) virus at a hospital in New Delhi June 11.

The health ministry informed Chandigarh authorities about the flu case. “We have quarantined the family. Our doctors are examining them twice a day,” Chandigarh nodal officer for swine flu H.C. Gera told IANS.

“We have told the family to remain indoors for the next one week and also inform their friends and relatives to stay away for this period. Although they have not shown any symptoms of swine flu, we do not want to take any chances,” Gera said.

So far the city has received four suspected cases of swine flu but all of them were found negative to the A H1N1 virus after being tested at the NICD.

“Yesterday (Saturday) evening we received another case of a woman from a Haryana town with flu symptoms. She has been admitted in an isolation ward in a government hospital in Sector 16 and her blood samples have been sent to Delhi for tests,” said another health official in Chandigarh.

On Saturday, a 20-month-old boy from Hyderabad tested positive for the influenza A (H1N1) virus, a day after his six-year-old sister was confirmed with the infection.

According to the WHO, which has declared swine flu a pandemic, 74 countries have officially reported 29,669 cases of the influenza A (H1N1) infection, including 145 deaths.

Jalandhar, June 14 (IANS) At least eight students from a private school in Punjab’s Jalandhar city are under the scanner after health authorities Sunday found that one of their classmates had tested positive for the influenza A(H1N1) swine flu virus.
If confirmed, this would raise to 28 the number of swine flu cases in the country.

The eight Punjab patients were part of a group of 31 students and three teachers of the Guru Amar Das Public school who had gone to New York and Florida on an educational trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

One of the students tested positive for the virus in a Delhi hospital, school officials here said.

Following this, all the remaining students were screened here by health officials and eight of them displayed symptoms of the H1N1 virus.

School principal Tarlochan Singh said one of the boys, who was running a fever and showing other signs of influenza, was admitted to a government hospital immediately after the group landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport Saturday.

“At least eight students are displaying swine flu like symptoms. We have moved them to an isolation ward at the civil hospital and advised them and their families against mixing around with others,” health official P.P. Sandhu, who examined them, said.

Blood samples of the eight students have been sent for testing at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in Delhi.

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