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Special ward for A(H1N1) patients

Special Correspondent

— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

Collector R. Palamisamy talking to a patient admitted with the symptoms of A (H1N1) influenza at the government medical college hospital at Mundiampakkam on Tuesday.

VILLUPURAM: District Collector R. Palanisamy opened a special ward for A (H1N1) influenza afflicted persons in the government medical college hospital at Mundiampakkam near here on Tuesday.

Accompanied by medical college Principal Thenmozhi Valli, Medical Superintendent K. Thiagarajan and Deputy Director (Health) K. Krishnaraj, the Collector went around the ward to inspect how best it was equipped to deal with the cases.

On the occasion, the Collector told reporters that the district administration along with the health department had redoubled its efforts to deal with the disease. So far, 13 persons in the district had been detected with symptoms of the influenza.

Besides giving appropriate treatment to them, 90 members of their families too were administered the medicine as a precautionary measure. The Collector said that whenever the people suffer from sudden fever or continuous fever, runny nose and headache, they could immediately approach the Primary Health Centres or the government hospitals for treatment.

Mr Palanisamy further said children, pregnant women and elderly persons were vulnerable to the disease. He gave the assurance that adequate stocks of medicines were kept in all the PHCs and the government hospitals and intra-muscular vaccine would soon be procured.

Wherever necessary, the patients would be referred to the JIPMER Hospital at Puducherry.

The Collector said the infection could be avoided by following the directions given by the medical fraternity and keeping the surroundings of the house clean.

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