Health officials clueless as danger of swine flu looms largeMarch 15, 2015
KARACHI: The high-ups of provincial health department Sindh has failed to devise any strategy to counter the possible outbreak of swine flu in Sindh province, PPI learned on Monday.
The Health Department Sindh, however, had issued alert to all district and teaching hospitals across the Sindh province about the possible outbreak of swine flu, asking them to make functional the isolation wards to deal any untoward situation about 10 days ago. All necessary directives were issued to healthcare staff dealing with suspected cases asking them to adopt preventive measures while even dealing with patients with common flu.
However, no proper strategy has been made so far practically as how to deal with the suspected swine influenza virus (H1N1) cases. Besides, no any kind of awareness has been provided to general public about the disease through any media.
The matter demands urgency as two swine flu cases have already been confirmed in Multan city of Punjab and both patients are under treatment. However, in Sindh province not preventive measures are seen on the ground so far in this regard.
In India, the swine flu has already claimed the lives of 1,710 people with 29,558 confirmed cases.
Central Secretary General Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Dr Mirza Ali Azhar said the provincial government and general public should have adopted urgent precautionary measures against the swine flu after reporting of such cases in India. He said containing the swine flu is very difficult once the disease outbreaks in any country.
He said the health department must establish special counters at railway stations and airports to tests the people who are coming from the neighbouring country India. He said the authorities must ensure proper monitoring and screening of people at entrance and exit points of the province.
He said all-out precautionary measures should be taken at the emergency departments of all government hospitals and dispensaries and doctors and paramedics should be provided proper protective gear including gowns, face masks and hand gloves.
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