Death due to Swine Flu at SKIMS?

Authorities Silent; Medicos Suggest Slew Of Precautions

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN

Srinagar, Feb 4: With Srinagar hospitals reportedly receiving patients with Swine Flu symptoms, medicos and officials Monday issued a slew of precautions for people. While sources said a death due to Swine Flu occurred at the SK Institute of Medical Sciences Soura, the SKIMS authorities refused to comment on the issue.
 When contacted, the Director SKIMS, Prof Showket Zargar said “there are steps which can be taken to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the flu virus.” He refused to comment on the reports of a death due to Swine Flu at SKIMS. On Monday, reports pouring in from SKIMS insiders said a death occurred at the hospital due to Swine Flu.
 However, Dr Parvaiz Koul, Principal Investigator for Swine Flu in Kashmir, candidly admitted that cases of different types of Flu are reporting to SKIMS from different parts of Kashmir.
 Dr Koul, who heads the department of Internal and Pulmonary Medicine at the SKIMS, said: “Most of them have already been discharged from the hospital after successful treatment.”
 According to sources, while patients with Swine Flu symptoms are pouring in at Srinagar hospitals, medicos and district health authorities have cautioned people to take precautions.
 “Swine flu is an infection caused by Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 and spreads fast from infected persons through coughing and sneezing,” Dr Koul said.
 Public Health officials said “cluster of cases [of Swine Flu]” were reported from Ganderbal district. However, they said, “We are yet to carry out investigations to confirm it.”

Slew of Precautions
* People should avoid close contact with sick
* People with flu-like symptoms should cover their mouth and nose   with a tissue.
* They should turn their head away from other people when they cough   or sneeze.
* The infected  persons shouldavoid participating in public gatherings.
* People should wash their hands often to protect themselves from germs.
* They should  avoid  touching nose, eyes and mouth after going close to the infected persons.
* People should keep their immune system healthy.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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