People should take precautions for protection against H3N2 influenza virus: Civil Surgeon
Mohali: Civil Surgeon Dr. Adarshpal Kaur said that the district health department is fully prepared to deal with cases of H3N2 influenza and all necessary arrangements have been made for examination, treatment and care of patients in government health institutions across the district. She was speaking after holding a monthly review meeting with senior health officials here today.
The Civil Surgeon instructed the Program Officers and Senior Medical Officers to keep a vigil on the spread of this seasonal virus in their respective areas and ensure quality treatment to the patients. She asked them to set up isolation wards and flu corners and keep medicines and other logistics in adequate quantity. She also asked to increase Covid sampling. She also appealed to the district residents to take all necessary precautions to protect themselves from this virus. She said that if a person has high fever, cough, headache, body ache and difficulty in breathing, they should visit the nearest government health facility immediately. She added that the Covid-like precautions should be taken now like washing hands with soap and water, wearing masks and not going to crowded places, covering mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing, drinking plenty of fluids, not touching the eyes and nose and taking Paracetamol in case of fever and body ache etc. The Civil Surgeon further said that shaking hands with each other, spitting in public places should be avoided and antibiotics or other medicines should not be taken without consulting a doctor.
Emphasizing on the prevention of dengue, malaria, chikungunya and other diseases, the district head asked all the officials to make people more aware about the symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment of these diseases and step up house-to-house anti-dengue drives. She also asked the officials to ensure timely attendance of the staff and hold regular meetings to review various schemes. Health officials were also asked to pay special attention to cleanliness in the hospital premises.
Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr. Renu Singh, District family welfare officer Dr Nidhi Kaushal, District Health Officer Dr. Subhash Kumar, Deputy Medical Commissioner Dr Parvinderpal Kaur, Epidemiologist Dr. Harmandeep Kaur, all senior medical officers etc. were present in the meeting.