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Swine flu alert in Ranchi

Ranchi, Sept. 2: The state health department sounded a swine flu alert today and urged people to exercise caution while moving in crowded places to avoid contracting the virus.

State nodal officer Pradeep Baski sounded the warning a day after a positive case was detected at a private hospital in the city.

Baski, while urging people to be careful, said the state had arranged for medicines at all district-level hospitals and made doctors aware of the steps to be taken in case a patient displayed symptoms of swine flu.

"We have taken necessary precautions after the first case was detected this year. Last year, two cases of swine flu were detected in the state after 27 samples were sent for tests to Calcutta," he said, adding that there was no cause for panic.

Director of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences A.K. Mahto supported Baski's stand and said a 14-bed isolation ward had been set up on the ground floor the hospital for the purpose. "Though we have not received any swine flu cases so far, we are ready for any eventuality," he said.

Nurses have been trained to deal with swine flu cases and a list of dos and don'ts have been put out. "Emergency medicines, different types of fluids for transfusion and oxygen cylinders are being collected. Antiseptic solutions, spirit and cotton are also being brought to disinfect materials to be used to treat the patients. Masks, gloves, caps, gowns and slippers have been made available for the use of nurses and doctors," a nurse said.

The patient who has tested positive has been identified as Sudhir Chandra from Purulia in Bengal. He has been undergoing treatment at the Ranchi hospital since August 25.

The doctor attending on him said the patient was out of danger and on the road to recovery. "The patient is likely to be released from hospital in two or three days," he said.source:telegraphindia.com

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