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Fighting Swine Flu in India

Posted by drneelesh on August 21, 2009

188px-India_(orthographic_projection).svgImage by drneelesh via Flickr

On 14 th august, Friday night, after facing flake for the past two weeks on the bungled handling of Swine Flu epidemic in India, the government has come up with a better set of guidelines.The new guidelines allow ALL doctors to treat for Swine Flu (earlier only designated hospitals and doctors could treat Swine flu!!)The guidelines were finalized after a five-hour meeting chaired by Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The patients have been categorized as follows:

* Category A: Patients with mild fever plus cough/sore throat with or without body ache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting. They do not require Oseltamivir and should be treated for the symptoms mentioned above. The patients should be monitored for their progress and reassessed after 24 to 48 hours by the doctor. No testing of the patient for H1N1 is required. Patients should confine themselves at home and avoid mixing with the public and high risk members in the family.( I agree with this)

* Category B: (i) In addition to all the signs and symptoms of Category A, if the patient has high grade fever and severe sore throat, he/she may require home isolation and Oseltamivir; (ii) In addition to all the signs and symptoms of Category A, individuals having one or more of the following high risk conditions shall be treated with Oseltamivir: children under five, pregnant women, those above 65 years, those with lung diseases, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer and HIV/AIDS; Patients on long term cortisone therapy. No H1N1 tests are required for Category-B (i) and (ii). Such patients should confine themselves at home and avoid mixing with the public and high-risk members in the family.( I think all such cases be tested for H1N1, and antiviral therapy started without delay)

* Category C: In addition to the symptoms of Categories A and B, if the patient has one or more of the following: breathlessness, chest pain, drowsiness, fall in blood pressure, sputum mixed with blood, bluish discolouration of nails; irritability among small children, refusal to accept feed; worsening of underlying chronic conditions. Such patients require testing, immediate hospitalisation and treatment.( All such patients should be started on antivirals without even waiting for test results!!, its already late!!)

During the meeting, various guidelines and protocols developed by the World Health Organisation, Geneva, the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Atlanta, United States, and the National Health Service, United Kingdom, were also discussed.The death toll has already reached 26 today, and is rising exponentially. Hope these guidelines help, but i really think its too little too late.

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Fighting Swine Flu in India

Posted by drneelesh on August 21, 2009

188px-India_(orthographic_projection).svgImage by drneelesh via Flickr

On 14 th august, Friday night, after facing flake for the past two weeks on the bungled handling of Swine Flu epidemic in India, the government has come up with a better set of guidelines.The new guidelines allow ALL doctors to treat for Swine Flu (earlier only designated hospitals and doctors could treat Swine flu!!)The guidelines were finalized after a five-hour meeting chaired by Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The patients have been categorized as follows:

* Category A: Patients with mild fever plus cough/sore throat with or without body ache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting. They do not require Oseltamivir and should be treated for the symptoms mentioned above. The patients should be monitored for their progress and reassessed after 24 to 48 hours by the doctor. No testing of the patient for H1N1 is required. Patients should confine themselves at home and avoid mixing with the public and high risk members in the family.( I agree with this)

* Category B: (i) In addition to all the signs and symptoms of Category A, if the patient has high grade fever and severe sore throat, he/she may require home isolation and Oseltamivir; (ii) In addition to all the signs and symptoms of Category A, individuals having one or more of the following high risk conditions shall be treated with Oseltamivir: children under five, pregnant women, those above 65 years, those with lung diseases, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer and HIV/AIDS; Patients on long term cortisone therapy. No H1N1 tests are required for Category-B (i) and (ii). Such patients should confine themselves at home and avoid mixing with the public and high-risk members in the family.( I think all such cases be tested for H1N1, and antiviral therapy started without delay)

* Category C: In addition to the symptoms of Categories A and B, if the patient has one or more of the following: breathlessness, chest pain, drowsiness, fall in blood pressure, sputum mixed with blood, bluish discolouration of nails; irritability among small children, refusal to accept feed; worsening of underlying chronic conditions. Such patients require testing, immediate hospitalisation and treatment.( All such patients should be started on antivirals without even waiting for test results!!, its already late!!)

During the meeting, various guidelines and protocols developed by the World Health Organisation, Geneva, the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Atlanta, United States, and the National Health Service, United Kingdom, were also discussed.The death toll has already reached 26 today, and is rising exponentially. Hope these guidelines help, but i really think its too little too late. Related articles


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Cover yourself up !!

Posted by drneelesh on August 13, 2009

The Swine flu death toll in India has risen to 20 in two weeks. The disease is especially partial to young kids, girls and elderly persons with co-existing chronic disease. Many of the victims are either foreign residents or tourists, which points to another easily demarcated section of population.

Mark IV Medical communications is a Coimbatore based multimedia and medical animation company with offices in USA and Germany. Most of the creative staff at Mark IV is young, with many female content developers. A large part of their clientele is situated abroad; therefore regular contact with foreign returned persons cannot be avoided. To solve its particular position, Mark IV has come out with a well thought out and inked action plan.

Company policy and guidelines-
* Use Soap and water to wash hands a few times every day (soap bottles provided)

* Anyone with symptoms of flu/headache/fever for consecutive 12 hours should use a face-mask (available with administrator). Isolation and proper rehydration is all that is required in a number of cases.

* Any employee experiencing flu/flu like symptoms should avail leave for 3 days/till the symptoms improve.

* Under direction of Dr.Neelesh, any suspected case shall be provided face masks, immediate symptomatic care and antivirals (Zanamivir).

* Case confirmation and furthur management shall be done at Govt. designated Hospitals.

“At MarkIV, we have an adequate stock of facemasks, anti-allergics and anti-viral medications. We are in a position to handle any acute emergency involving Swine flu infection. All suspected cases shall be sent to government designated hospitals for full treatment”says Dr.Neelesh from Mark IV Medical Communications. MarkIV has also produced a few short presentations and videos on Swine Flu for dissemination of general awareness.

Prevention of Swine flu- Guidelines
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/9662043/Use-of-Proper-Masks-during-Flu-epidemic
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/document-preview.aspx?doc_id=8556230

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Also added is a podcast interview-

Tadataka Yamada, M.D. explains the national and international availability of swine flu vaccine is hampered by several barriers.

Swine flu vaccine. C;liock to listen within the page.

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Cover yourself up !!

Posted by drneelesh on August 13, 2009

The Swine flu death toll in India has risen to 20 in two weeks. The disease is especially partial to young kids, girls and elderly persons with co-existing chronic disease. Many of the victims are either foreign residents or tourists, which points to another easily demarcated section of population.

Mark IV Medical communications is a Coimbatore based multimedia and medical animation company with offices in USA and Germany. Most of the creative staff at Mark IV is young, with many female content developers. A large part of their clientele is situated abroad; therefore regular contact with foreign returned persons cannot be avoided. To solve its particular position, Mark IV has come out with a well thought out and inked action plan.

Company policy and guidelines-
* Use Soap and water to wash hands a few times every day (soap bottles provided)

* Anyone with symptoms of flu/headache/fever for consecutive 12 hours should use a face-mask (available with administrator). Isolation and proper rehydration is all that is required in a number of cases.

* Any employee experiencing flu/flu like symptoms should avail leave for 3 days/till the symptoms improve.

* Under direction of Dr.Neelesh, any suspected case shall be provided face masks, immediate symptomatic care and antivirals (Zanamivir).

* Case confirmation and furthur management shall be done at Govt. designated Hospitals.

“At MarkIV, we have an adequate stock of facemasks, anti-allergics and anti-viral medications. We are in a position to handle any acute emergency involving Swine flu infection. All suspected cases shall be sent to government designated hospitals for full treatment”says Dr.Neelesh from Mark IV Medical Communications. MarkIV has also produced a few short presentations and videos on Swine Flu for dissemination of general awareness.

Prevention of Swine flu- Guidelines
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/9662043/Use-of-Proper-Masks-during-Flu-epidemic
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/document-preview.aspx?doc_id=8556230

Related articles

Also added is a podcast interview-

Tadataka Yamada, M.D. explains the national and international availability of swine flu vaccine is hampered by several barriers.

Swine flu vaccine. C;liock to listen within the page.

Posted in India, Influenza | Leave a Comment »