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In Jammu and Kashmir, how swine flu has turned into a silent killer

Deadly Swine flu has killed 28 people and infected 109 in the restive Kashmir Valley this fall so far.

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    Deadly Swine flu has killed 28 people and infected 109 in the restive Kashmir Valley this fall so far.

    "28 deaths have been reported so far in Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Srinagar. A total 137 cases were registered in the institute out of which 107 were discharged. Two patients are still admitted and being treated by the doctors", said Bali Bhagat, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Health and Medical Education.

    Kashmir is experiencing bone-chilling cold with temperatures plummeting to sub zero level. Coupled with the dry spell, the conditions are apt for the H1N1 virus to mutate in the valley. 

    "Every effort is being made by the Government to provide requisite facilities to deal with the swine flu," said Bhagat. 

    Minister said a full-fledged H1N1 testing laboratory along with separate ward has been constructed at the cost of Rs 9.88 crore at Chest Diseases Hospital Srinagar which has been made functional.

    "Swine Flu testing lab in the department of Microbiology in GMC Jammu has also been dedicated for H1N1 testing. Testing facility is also available at Microbiology Department of Govt Medical College Srinagar," he said

    As a preventive measure, isolation wards have been established in the Government Medical College, Jammu and Srinagar and equipped with central oxygen, air suction supply and ventilator.

    "Separate trained staff is also deployed round the clock. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are provided to all the healthcare workers who are at the risk of exposure," he said.

    On the other side, doctors have pressed alarm button cautioning people against the rampant use of antibiotics which can aggravate the problem and create drug resistant viruses.

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