Health ministry issues fresh guidelines for swine flu testing

Health ministry issues fresh guidelines for swine flu testing
PTI
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First Published: Fri, Aug 14 2009. 11 03 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Aug 14 2009. 11 03 PM IST
New Delhi: As swine flu cases continue to rise shraply, the Union health ministry today issued revised guidelines specifying screening and testing module for the patients to contain the disease in the country.
The guidelines were finalised at a high-level meeting chaired by the health minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad in connection with the various actions taken by the government for containment and mitigation of H1N1 cases across the country.
As per guidelines, all individuals seeking consultations for flu-like symptoms would be screened at healthcare facilities — both government and private — or examined by a doctor and will be categorized under three categories, depending on their health status, as per an official release here.
They will be given treatment and isolated as specified in the guidelines.
During the meeting, the health minister also discussed various guidelines and protocols developed by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Atlanta, USA and National Health Service, United Kingdom.
The meeting was attended by eminent experts from public and private hospitals/ organizations besides senior officers of health ministry and Directorate General of health services, the release said.
The pandemic has so far claimed 25 lives across the country.
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First Published: Fri, Aug 14 2009. 11 03 PM IST