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NB gears up to fight Swine Flu

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 5, 2009

SILIGURI, 4 AUG: The Infectious Disease hospital at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital is being revamped to deal with Swine Flu case. A special team comprising four physicians has been formed to tackle any such case on an emergency basis.
Giving this information, the associate professor of the Community Medicine as well as the nodal officer of the Swine Flu preventive unit at NBMCH, Dr R N Bhattacharya said that with the Bagdogra Airport turning international it had become imperative for the NBMCH authority to make some special arrangements.
“A special team comprising of doctors and nursing staff has taken charge of the Swine Flu preventive unit at the medical college. Four doctors and two nursing staff are keeping vigilance on the Swine Flu related development round the clock,” Dr Bhattacharya said.
He further said that a ventilator had been installed at the unit to provide respiratory and other relief to any flu-stricken patient.
“Space has been segregated to keep such patients at a clinically safe distance from others. This apart, we have also made arrangements for prompt pathological tests to confirm the existence of Swine Flu virus in blood or swab in case any suspected case arrives,” Dr Bhattacharya said.
Speaking on the matter, the NBMCH Junior Doctors’ Council president, Dr Bhaskar Ray said that the special arrangements had been made as per instructions from the World Health Organization and Indian Medical Association. “The anaesthesia and other related departments are on guard to deal with any Swine Flu case,” he said.
Dr Ray further said that no case of the deadly flu had been reported from anywhere in north Bengal so far.
“But we are well-equipped and well-prepared for any eventuality. Besides, we have to take into account cases from other parts of the world with the Bagdogra airport having turned international,” Dr Ray added.
Locals-guards clash at NBMCH
Violence spread at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital this morning as locals clashed with security guards of the institution alleging the guards had been hostile towards a local while he was visiting his ailing daughter in the hospital yesterday. The security guards stopped service after the clash, leaving the NBMCH wards unguarded. They were demanding police protection instead. Demanding arrest of the accused guards, the locals demonstrated at the institution premise and served a representation to the hospital authority.

Source:The Statesman


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