Mail News Service
Jamshedpur : The district administration has geared up to create awareness among people about swine flu following alert in the state. DC Amit Kumar has asked health and other departments to remain alert and launch an extensive campaign about the disease.
The administration has decided to opt for a multi-pronged approach to deal with the highly contagious disease. On a priority basis, school and college students will be sensitized about the dos and don’ts to prevent infection.
Besides, administration also has plans to create awareness through loudspeakers and distribution of pamphlets about its symptoms. “We will soon discuss the strategy of the campaign and train health workers and officers for it,” said an official.
Officials said their focus will be to urge people to wash their hands regularly and keep away from crowded places. The awareness campaign will target slum dwellers and educate them about the disease.
Meanwhile, a mobile check-up unit is being planned at Sitaramdera bus stand while both railway and terminus authorities were directed to spread awareness through public address systems. Doctor, a pharmacist, a lab assistant and an auxiliary nurse midwife, on the other hand, will man the health van at Sitaramdera terminus.
“The van is an integrated screening centre where passengers with flu-like symptoms will have their throat swab samples taken along with details of journey and period of illness. Based on clinical condition of passengers they will be advised on hospitalisation at the nearest state-owned hospital (MGM Medical College and Hospital in Sakchi),” said an official.
The East Singhbhum district health department is worried as with ongoing vacations and around 20,000 city based students pursuing higher education in various parts of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are returning homes for vacations and summer internship.
Apart from PPEs the surveillance office has also asked hospitals to give requisition for Tamiflu doses available in their stock. The department is urging school officials to stay calm when swine flu strikes, closing buildings only in drastic cases and allowing sick students to return as soon as 24 hours after their fever is gone.
It may be mentioned that the emergence of the flu prompted several schools and colleges in the country to temporarily close, giving students an unexpected vacation but forcing parents to scramble to find health care.
The nodal officer also informed that posters related to awareness of swine flu are ready and would be put up in several public places in the city.