Jamshedpur : East Singhbhum district integrated diseases surveillance program (IDSP) officer, Shahir Pall has written to the Jusco, a Tata Steel subsidiary, to intensify their awareness campaign on swine flu in company areas as fresh cases of swine flu are being reported.
A 75-year-old woman, Chilu Rani Dutta, a resident of Kadma and suffering from acute bilateral pneumonia, high fever and suspected of swine flu admitted in a critical condition on March 19 at the ICU makeshift isolation ward of the Bistupur-based Kantilal Gandhi Memorial Hospital who eventual died on March 20 night was confirmed as a swine flu positive case.
According to East Singhbhum district integrated diseases surveillance program (IDSP) officer, Shahir Pall, a total of four throat swabs samples were sent on March 19 and March 20 to the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) Calcutta for confirmatory tests.
The reports from Calcutta came this morning, in which two cases were found to be positive. Apart from Chilu Rani Dutta, wife of Late B. C Dutta, the other positive case happens to be that of a 34-year-old Tata Main Hospital doctor Sudeshna Ganguly. Meanwhile, IDSP officer said that the condition of the TMH doctor has improved considerably.
The reports of the two other patients namely, a 28-year-old woman (a native of Puruilia admitted in Tata Main Hospital) and 35-year-old patient from Jamadoba (near Dhanbad) who had also been admitted at Tata Main Hospital have turned negative. So far, five samples out of a total samples of 13 have turned positive in the city. Out of the five positive samples two are from Kadma, a densely populated company residential area.
East Singhbhum district civil surgeon, Vibha Sharan said that they would continue their screening-cum-mobile health check-up van service at transit points in Tatanagar Station and Sitaramdera bus terminus.
“It is generally not easy to differentiate between normal flu and swine flu and only through clinical testing swine flu can be identified. If a person is suffering from flu and does not get relief from common treatment within three days then they must visit hospital and consult doctors,” said an official.
He added that there was no shortage of medicines in the state and that the only way to contain the spread of swine flu was to generate awareness about it among the people. “We are printing posters which explain the difference between the symptoms of common flu and swine flu.
Simultaneously the doctors and officials at the block level and doctors in primary health centres are carrying out sensitization drives across panchayats and in schools so that children can further spread awareness among their families.
The awareness drive is being carried out intensively across the state,” he noted. In wake of the growing need, the government is procuring diagnostic kits to test for the virus, masks and anti-viral drug