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Swine flu threat decreasing in Jorhat, no need to panic: DC

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

From a Correspondent

JORHAT, March 12: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Jorhat, Vasant Solanki Vishal called an emergency meeting in Jorhat on Thursday, while making an appeal to the public through the media not to panic about the swine flu outbreak. The DC assured that all steps were being taken to contain the outbreak.

Present in the emergency meet were ADC Health Bubul Lekharu, Joint Director of Health Dr Mubidur Rahman, JMCH Superintendent Bobbyjeet Goswami, Deputy Superintenden- cum-PRO Nilutpal Bhattacharjee, JMCH Principal Dhrubo Jyoti Hazarika and other representatives related to the health department.

Addressing media persons, DC Solanki Vasant said, “With logistical help from the State Government under the direction of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, the district administration and the JMCH authorities together are in a position to contain the spread of the disease through public awareness and isolation of positive cases, which so far are only two persons who expired at short interval this week. But studies reveal that though the duo were found positive, their deaths were due to other factors like multiple organ failure and severe diabetes, the reason why the virus attacked them owing to their lesser immunity. As such only persons below 5 years and above 65 years are more prone to the disease. Even the JMCH intern doctor who was isolated had negative result along with Abhijeet Paul (14) and Surender Singh (38).”

The DC further added, “This is basically a seasol flu and soon with the onset of summer the virus will be long gone though we are trying our level best to prevent its spread by creating awareness. The public need to have faith and should not panic. There are three different levels of the flu of which only the third stage is critical but early detection in the first stage itself will lead to its cure through proper administration of drugs and medicines. And for this we have appointed Dr Mihir Kr Goswami as the nodal officer at JMCH. Anyone turning up for a routine checkup will be examined by the nodal officer specialized to look after the chest and TB. One main point of disclosure is that as of now there are no patients of category C at JMCH.”

Stringent legal action have been ordered against those indulging in commercializing swine flu with an intent to create panic and do profitable business by selling high priced masks and performing H1N1 test in private nursing homes and laboratories which will now be checked periodically by both the ADC Health and Joint Director Health. Anyone violating the law will be dealt accordingly, said sources in the district administration.

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