The Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday appealed to the people of the State not to panic over the spread of swine flu virus, and appealed to them to visit a government hospital for treatment should they suspect symptoms of the virus.
The Chief Minister, who held an emergency meeting on the issue with a few cabinet ministers, made the appeal in the wake of six deaths reported at Gandhi Hospital alone in the past 24 hours, mostly because of complications arising out of swine flu.
On Wednesday, a 55-year old woman from Tolichowki died while undergoing treatment at Gandhi Hospital. Nearly 19 people have died since January 1 this year because of the spread of the virus in the State.
About 50 people have tested positive for swine flu, taking the overall positive cases in the State to 221 this January. KCR announced that the State government had decided to include the communicable disease in the list of existing Arogyasri health scheme to extend cashless treatment to poor people affected by the virus.
“Keeping in view the seriousness of the disease, we have decided to include it in the list of Arogyasri from today (Wednesday).
- Flu mask will help avoid infection in enclosed spaces
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth
- Stay at home if you have flu-like symptoms
- Wash your hands frequently, carry hand sanitizer
- Avoid mass gatherings
- If you contract virus get to doctor within 36 hours, ask for Tamiflu or Relenza
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Maintain five feet distance from swine flu patient
Swine flu patients will be offered free treatment under Aarogyasri and 108 ambulance services
Swine flu patients will be offered free treatment under Aarogyasri and 108 ambulance services will be deployed for free transportation of patients. Disclosing this to newsmen, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao assured that the virus has not reached epidemic proportion and said there was no need to panic. An integrated approach to fight the virus will be adopted, he said.
Isolated wards and clean rooms will be kept in 20 to 25 government hospitals across the State, and medicines will be made available. “It is not a disease at all. It is only a virus, and affects people who are in six feet radius of the infected person.
Health fraternity of Telangana is ready to fight it,” Mr. Rao said. Anyone with symptoms of fever, cold, cough and body aches should report to the hospital.
Mr. Rao cautioned against vaccination for low-risk people, and said it has side effects. The virus is present in Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, AP and Tamil Nadu.