JK, other states asked to reduce impact of seasonal influenza

Stress was laid on ensuring early detection, reporting and proper categorization of patients

Union ministry of health and family welfare has directed J&K and other states to put in efforts to reduce deaths due to seasonal influenza. Last week, following a high level meeting of health ministry, directions were issued to officials of state governments including Jammu and Kashmir to ensure continuous monitoring and vigil on seasonal influenza cases. 

Stress was laid on ensuring early detection, reporting and proper categorization of patients and these measures were termed “critical for Seasonal Influenza management”.

Union health minister JP Nadda instructed National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to monitor the cases on a daily basis. He also passed instruction to states to ensure proper awareness regarding prevention and management of seasonal influenza among masses.

States, including J&K have also been directed to ensure that sufficient supplies of drugs and testing kits are maintained.

It has also been made mandatory that hospitalized cases be monitored intensively both at district and state level in order to ensure that fatalities are avoided. States have been directed to ensure sufficient functional ventilators are available for critical case management.

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