Swine Flu returns, 2 test positive
UMER MAQBOOL DAR
Srinagar, July 22: Swine Flu has returned to valley as two persons have tested positive for H1NI influenza, officials said on Thursday.
Dr Shafqat Khan, state level nodal officer for Swine Flu told Greater Kashmir a 14-year old boy from Srinagar and a trooper have tested positive for Swine Flu. “They have been kept in isolation in SKIMS and cantonment hospital respectively,” Dr Khan added.
“The boy from Sonawar area of the city has no travel history and it is an indigenous case,” he added.
Pertinently, after the outbreak of H1N1 in Kerala in March this year, ministry of health, had sounded an alert that second wave may be in offing and instructed states to revisit arrangements being undertaken and complete vaccination.
“We have completed 75 per cent vaccination in first phase. We have received 15,300 doses from health ministry and have demanded 25,000 doses more,” Dr Khan added.
He said they would call a high level meeting within two to three days to revisit the arrangement and there was no need of panic. “We have enough stuff of Tamiflu. The government is laying thrust on information, education and counseling through print and electronic media to educate people about safe hand washing practices, coughing/sneezing so that transmission is reduced to minimum level,” he added.
After the pandemic alert was declared last year out of 500 samples collected, 120-125 were found positive.
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