Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, March 22: Two of the three H3N2 patients identified in East Singhbhum district belong to the same family. They areresidents of Chhota Govindpur area. Both the patients are brother and sister. Brother's age is said to be 15 years while sister's age is said to be seven years. Both are being treated at Tata Motors Hospital. Both have no travel history. The third patient is a resident of Telco. His age is around 86 years. These patients were admitted to the hospital after they complained of cold, cough, fever, body pain and throat discomfort. This was confirmed following an investigation conducted by the District Surveillance Department. So far, H3N2 was confirmed in four patients after investigation of 42 suspected patients across the district, sources said.
According to the doctors, the condition of the patients is normal.
The number of patients of H3N2 is going up in the district. District Civil Surgeon Dr Jujhar Manjhi said the number of patients was on the rise in the district. “People need to be alert and aware. For this, the guidelines laid down by the government should be strictly followed. All government and private hospitals in the city have been alerted. Hospitals have been asked to open isolation wards. Apart from this, the doctors and staff treating the patients have been urged to undergo training for handling H3N2 cases,” he said.
Meanwhile, two suspected cases each of Japanese Encephalitis and swine flu have been reporedly admitted to TMH. These cases have been reported from Kadma and Sonari. Swine flu symptoms have been found in two people in Baridih and Golmuri. All four are being treated at TMH, sources said.
The patients have cold, cough, difficulty in breathing and pain in the neck. Their blood samples have been sent by the Surveillance Department to MGM Medical College. The Civil Surgeon said that in view of the growing cases, hospitals have been asked to set up isolation wards and keep sufficient stock of medicines. The hospitals have also been asked to rapidly diagnose and identify patients. Special attention is being given to those coming from outside, said the Civil Surgeon.