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This is how PCMC has geared up to handle swine flu outbreak

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 8:19am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: After Pune city registered this year's first death due to swine flu, PCMC area is showing forethought in their preparedness to handle swine flu outbreak with the onset of monsoon. Till now this year, PCMC area has not recorded any deaths due to swine flu, compared to 2013 recording 55 positive cases and 15 deaths. Talking to dna, Medical Officer of Health, Medical Department, PCMC, K Anil Roy confirmed that PCMC has registered no swine flu deaths and said that their surveillance process is ongoing through out the year. "We have adequate stock of Tamiflu medicine, used in treating influenza illnesses. Right now the swabs sent to NIV are zero, if we get any cases we are prepared to handle." He informed that within PCMC area there are 37 screening centres for influenza like symptoms, along with 8 government run hospitals (including YCM) and 22 dispensaries. He added that there is 1 isolation ward at YCM hospital and provision of 13 ventilators. A helpline number he said will be provided only in an epidemic situation.Talking about swine flu cases this year within PCMC area, Roy said that from January to May end 4,40,105 patients were screened, out of which 31,344 patients had influenza like illness and 2199 patients had to be administered Tamiflu medicine. He said that a total of 26 swabs were sent to NIV this year till now, but all are negative.

Swine flu stats for PCMC 2014 (January-May)
4,40,105 patients screened
31,344 had influenza like illness
2199 administered Tamiflu medicine
26 swabs sent to NIV (all negative)
(Source: Medical Department, PCMC)

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