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Swine FLU Alert

A swine flu alert has been sounded in the state.

Taking precautionary measures to prevent outbreak, the administration today asked all civil surgeons and medical colleges to be on guard. On the other hand, Birsa Agriculture University (BAU), Ranchi, sent out SOS to more than 101 pig farmers in the state, directing them to get their animals vaccinated immediately to prevent any outbreak.

The state has appointed Pradeep Baskey, the deputy director of Integrated Child Development Scheme, as the state nodal officer for the flu.

Jitendra Kumar, the director in chief of medical services in Jharkhand, along with Baskey, today attended a meeting on swine flu convened by the director-general of health services of India. After the meeting, Kumar said preparations to tackle possible outbreak of swine flu in the state have been done on the order of the central government.

The state has directed three medical colleges — Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Jamshedpur, and Pataliputra Medical College, Dhanbad — to create "special rooms" for treatment of any H1N1 virus-affected persons. Civil surgeons in the districts have been told to immediately inform the state headquarters if they detect any such case.

"The superintendents of the three medical colleges have been directed to keep aside six-bed isolation rooms where such patients can be treated," said Kumar. He added that in each medical college, a team of doctors had been formed to attend to swine flu cases. Besides, the three hospitals have been equipped with a control room.

He added that necessary medicines had already been acquired from the Centre and were being sent to medical colleges and district-level Sadar hospitals across the state.

Kumar also clarified that it had not yet been confirmed whether the H1N1 virus was carried by pigs. He said the office of the director-general of health services has directed the state authorities to educate the people about the disease to dispel fear.

Meanwhile, BAU has asked all pig farmers to maintain hygiene at their farms. "Do not feed your pigs stale food. Hygiene needs to be maintained at the pig sheds. Ensure that the pigs are bathed twice or thrice daily," reads the SOS sent by Sant Kumar Singh, the head of animal genetics and nutrition at Ranchi Veterinary College.Source:telegraphindia.com

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