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Centre, Delhi govt exchange ideas on tackling swine flu

Centre, Delhi govt exchange ideas on tackling swine flu
With the onset of swine flu season, Union Health Ministry on Tuesday asked Delhi government to come out with a mechanism to fix rates for testing H1N1 samples to help minimise expenses and stop overcharging common people.

Nadda assured support to Delhi government in its efforts to tackle the disease and emphasised that it was a joint effort between the Centre and Delhi government to ensure adequate measures are undertaken for timely and adequate action to minimise morbidity and mortality due to influenza A H1N1.

“During the joint meeting, it was decided that guidelines for vaccination against influenza A H1N1, infection control and standard treatment protocols would be shared with the Delhi government.

“Hospitals of both the central and Delhi government are to ensure adequate stock of drug Oseltamivir and other consumables and Delhi government would work out a mechanism to fix ceiling rate in a realistic manner for testing of influenza A H1N1 samples to minimise out-of-pocket expenditure by the general public,” an official statement said.

Earlier, <g data-gr-id="15">Nadda</g> after chairing the <g data-gr-id="22">meeting,</g> tweeted: “Asked Delhi Health Minister @SatyendarJain to ensure no overcharging for Swine Flu tests by <g data-gr-id="16">pvt</g> labs.” 

During the meeting, it was also decided that data on cases due to influenza A H1N1 in both central and Delhi government hospitals would be shared with the media as also plans of both governments. 

Symptoms
 Sore throat
 Cough
 Fever and chills
 Body ache
 Vomiting
 Diarrhoea and nausea

Treatment
  •  H1N1 is sensitive to Tamiflu and Relenza. But these medicines must be taken under medical supervision
  •  Preventive vaccines are advised for high-risk patients
  •  Precautionary measures
  •  Maintain oral and personal hygiene
  •  Wash hands with soap or use sanitizer before eating
  •  If you eat pork, it should be well-cooked
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way
High-risk groups
 Elderly
 Diabetics and kidney patients
 Cancer patients
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