Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Experts say situation in city is under control

Experts say situation in city is under control

Soumita Majumdar. Bangalore

Despite the spiralling number of swine flu cases in the country, health experts in the city say that Bangaloreans need not panic as the situation is quite under control.
The health department has been strict about the surveillance of every passenger who is flying down to the city from flu-affected countries. The department has intensified the drive at the checking units at the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA).
"They are doing a good job as of now," said Dr Anil Kumar, state secretary, Indian Medical Association. "In Pune, schools have been closed. Public has been urged not to step into the city malls. However, Bangalore hasn't reached that stage as yet. The number of cases reported here is much less than in Maharashtra. Thus while a high alert is not required at the moment, the health and medical education departments should keep a close watch on the situation," said Dr Kumar.
PN Srinivasachari, commissioner, Health and Family Welfare Department, said, "WHO has already declared an alert of phase VI. And we in Karnataka are doing everything necessary to ensure that the affected people get proper treatment. There is no point in declaring a red alert as of now."


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