Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, has reported 4 new suspected cases of swine flu taking the total number to 14 so far forcing the health administration in the district to be on high alert.
This is in addition to four cases reported in state capital Lucknow, where 40 cases have been reported so far. “Four new patients have been detected and they are being treated at their respective homes,” Chief Medical Officer SNS Yadav said.
He said that only three patients are admitted in hospitals, which included two at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and one at King George Medical University.
Four new patients with symptoms of swine flu were admitted to the Sarojini Naidu (SN) Medical College on Saturday and their samples have been sent to the National Centre for Disease Control, New Delhi.
Divisional commissioner Pradip Bhatnagar has directed health workers and the SN Medical College to up the alertness and provide prompt treatment to patients.
So far, four junior doctors, four children, three youngsters and three women are under observation, with preliminary reports suggesting they have contracted the flu.
The samples have already been sent to Delhi and the treatment in the isolation ward is continuing, medical department officials said Sunday.
Doctors at the SN Medical College held an emergency meeting Saturday evening to discuss the state of preparedness. A rapid action team headed by S.K. Singh, the nodal officer, has been constituted to deal with any emergency.
“A degree of alarm is natural as Agra gets a huge share of visitors from outside and with the winter spell continuing, people have to be mentally prepared to face medical emergencies,” said Parthsarthy Sharma, a doctor.