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Assam gears up for swine flu, 100 doctors trained

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 13, 2009

Guwahati, Aug 12 (IANS) The samples of at least three patients displaying swine flu symptoms in Assam have been sent for tests to Delhi even as central health experts have trained 100 doctors on how to tackle an outbreak of the disease.

An Assam health department spokesperson said a three-member team of experts from the central health ministry imparted a daylong training to 100 doctors in Guwahati.

“The doctors drawn from all the districts of Assam had exhaustive training on dealing with swine flu. Once these doctors return to their workplaces, they in turn will train and share their experience with other doctors and paramedical staff,” Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told IANS.

As part of the drill, the Assam government Tuesday dispatched stocks of Tamiflu and protective gear, besides testing kits, for doctors to all the district headquarters.

“We are taking no chances and hence gearing up to meet any challenge,” the minister said.

The samples of three patients were being sent for laboratory tests to New Delhi.

“As part of the campaign, we have set up a counter at the Guwahati railway station to enable passengers to report of any swine flu like symptoms for early detection and treatment,” the minister said.

“There is no need for panic and the need of the hour is to be alert.”

Health authorities confirmed that so far there have been no reports of any swine flu cases in Assam, although the adjoining state of Meghalaya Tuesday reported the first H1N1 positive case.

A 17-year-old footballer who had just returned to Shillong from London after undergoing a training camp tested positive for swine flu. He has been isolated and is under treatment.


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