Mon. Feb 26th, 2024


Chandigarh-In view of the approaching season of respiratory diseases, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab Dr Balbir Singh on Friday took inventory of the scenario within the state and listed out steps for its prevention and management. He directed the State well being division to problem an in depth advisory to stop and management additional unfold of influenza like diseases (ILI).

He additionally instructed all of the Civil Surgeons to set-up flu corners in Outpatient Department (OPD) of every hospital, moreover, directing them to make sure deployment of educated paramedical employees in these corners and remedy of all sufferers with ILI as per their categorisation based mostly on the severity of the signs. All Hospitals have additionally been directed to arrange isolation wards with sufficient logistics and oxygen provide. The Minister additionally confused upon the necessity to create consciousness concerning respiratory etiquettes for individuals with ILI to include the unfold of this extremely infectious illness.

Dr Balbir Singh knowledgeable that Influenza A H1N1/H3N2 is a notified illness below Epidemic Diseases Act in Punjab and notification has already been issued on this regard. He additionally instructed that this notification must be circulated to all of the Government and Private hospitals within the state to report all suspected and confirmed instances. “It should be ensured that all ILI patients reporting in the medical institutions are categorised and if they are COVID negative and having symptoms then Swine Flu (H1N1) should be kept as one of the differential diagnosis and necessary testing should be done, ” he added.

Reassuring the dedication of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann to make sure world-class well being services to the individuals of the state, the Minister assured {that a} adequate inventory of medicines is obtainable with the division and is totally geared to sort out any untoward scenario.

Dr Balbir Singh exhorted individuals to remain protected in opposition to seasonal ailments by exercising precautions. Patients of ILI, well being employees coping with ILI sufferers, individuals or relations coming involved with such sufferers, immuno-compromised individuals, youngsters, aged and pregnant women ought to put on masks, wash their fingers frequently with cleaning soap and steer clear of crowded locations. People having signs of ILI ought to contact the closest medical institution.

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