Odisha: Special ward for H1N1 opened in SCBMCH
By Express News Service | Published: 04th August 2017 09:17 AM |
CUTTACK: With the swine flu cases being reported from different parts of the State, a 16-bed Special Ward has been opened at SCB Medical College and Hospital here for treatment of H1N1 patients. The Special Ward has started functioning from an Isolation Ward located between diarrhoea and skin departments.
Superintendent, SCBMCH, Shyama Kanungo said six beds have been reserved for critical care with facility of ventilators while the rest 10 beds are meant for general swine flu patients. “We have procured necessary life drugs from Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited (OSMCL),” said Kanungo.
A special carriage system has also been set up for sending blood samples daily to Regional Medical Research Centre(RMRC) of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at Bhubaneswar for testing, she added.
Head of Department, Pulmonary Medicine, Prof MR Patnaik has been appointed as nodal officer of the Special Ward. “We will send requisition to OSMCL to provide vaccine to be used as preventive measures. After procurement of vaccine, a special immunisation centre will be opened at the Pulmonary Medicine department to provide the facility to people,” Kanungo informed. The hospital has not received any swine flu case till date, she added.
5 more test +ve for swine flu
Bhubaneswar: The State Capital appears to have turned into the epicentre of H1N1 outbreak this season. On Thursday, five more persons tested positive for swine flu and four of them are from Bhubaneswar. Altogether 10 samples were sent for testing at Regional Medical Research Centre, of which five tested positive. In the last three days, 11 swine flu positive cases have been detected of which seven infected are from the Capital City alone. The rest are from Kalahandi, Balangir and Jagatsinghpur.There is no travel history of any of the patients and the infection is stated to be local. While the Health Department has already alerted all the medical colleges and hospitals as well as district headquarters hospitals, the State Health Control Room is also keeping an eye on the developments.