The city hospitals said there was no bird flu scare and asked people not to panic after reports of birds dying mysteriously in Khunti district surfaced recently.
While allaying fears, hospital authorities said they were well prepared to handle an emergency situation.
Tulsi Mahto, director, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), appealed to people not to react to rumours of bird flu in the city. "People will be provided treatment (if there is an outbreak) and we are making all arrangements here at RIMS. We have an isolation ward for such patients here as those suffering from bird flu need to be isolated from others and have to be treated separately with proper care. Even those who suspect should come to the hospital and get themselves checked," said Mahto.
D K Singh, a city-based surgeon, said major responsibility of bird flu lies with the veterinary department. It is the veterinary department which will have to keep a check on the birds and send a high alert if such a thing is being reported. "We can provide the medicines which are needed for the treatment of patients and if the situation turns worse, we will refer the patients to RIMS which is not very far from the sadar hospital," said Singh.
Till date, no such case has been reported in the state. Meanwhile, the health department has issued guidelines to all the civil surgeons in the districts to gear up to tackle any suspected case of bird flu is reported and to have full stock of medicines if needed.
On being asked about any alert being issued in the wake of the bird flu scare