Cautioned by the Central government a few days ago over the spurt in seasonal influenza cases, the state government has sounded high alert across the state and issued advisory to all the districts.
Karnataka, which has about 152 reported cases of seasonal influenza as on January 24, has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of cases with as many as 38 fresh cases being reported in the last six days taking the numbers to 190 as on January 30. In a circular addressed to all the district health officers (DHOs), a copy of which is with DH, Jawaid Akhtar, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare department, has directed DHOs to take up control measures on war footing to contain the spread of seasonal influenza including H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B. “In the past few days there has been a steady increase in the number of H1N1 cases in Delhi and Haryana and there is every possibility that the numbers in Karnataka too may shoot up.
Hence, remedial measures need to be taken up on a war footing,” Akhtar said in his circular. The department has instructed all district hospitals to keep sufficient stock of tablets besides maintaining steady availability of testing kits at the district laboratories.
“We have also directed DHOs to isolate five-bedded wards with ventilator facility in every district hospital to treat influenza patients. All the government and private practitioners have been directed to inform ‘104’ about ‘B’ and ‘C’ category patients and administration of Tamiflu tablets within 48-hours from the detection of symptoms,” a senior official told.
The health department has also warned that disciplinary action would be initiated against officials not following the guidelines. Meantime, the area under Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike which reported 24 cases a few days ago has recorded 30 cases. Similarly, Bengaluru Urban district which had 31 cases, reported 34 cases as January 30. The numbers in Dakshina Kannada has gone up from 16 to 26.