Bhubaneswar: In the wake of increasing swine flu cases in Odisha capital, the Health Department on Sunday directed all private hospitals in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar to ramp up their infrastructure to tackle the seasonal health menace.
The Health Department has issued a new advisory to medical superintendents of as many as 15 private hospitals including Kalinga Hospital, SUM Hospital, KIIMS Medical College and others to create special wards with ventilator support for the patients to be admitted with avian influenza.
Besides, the Department has instructed these hospitals to be manned by trained staff with proper infection control precaution.
Health workers such as doctors, staff sisters, support staff, crew of ambulance who are directly coming in contact with patients should be vaccinated immediately.
The advisory also stated that all hospitals have to inform to Public Health Director about the number of admitted patients and their status on daily basis.
Meanwhile, two more persons tested positive for H1N1 today taking the total number of swine flu cases to 34.
Sources said one male (36) and a female(28) tested positive for the seasonal influenza who are undergoing treatment at Capital Hospital here.
The State reported the first death this year due to the disease on Saturday.
As per doctors, influenza A(H1N1) being a respiratory illness, viral pneumonia was the complication that could develop if the infection was not diagnosed and treated on time.