Day by day the cases of swine flu are increasing. Around 210 people were tested positive overtaking the 2016 numbers within 36 days. 70 cases were registered in just four days of this month.
Dr K Narasimhulu, former swine flu coordinator at Gandhi Hospital said.”Nothing can be said, but it may point towards changes in the H1N1 virus.”
Many private hospitals are giving treatment for both assumed as well as cases confirmed by Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM). The government health official said that "the private hospitals charge exorbitantly, per day treatment cost of an H1N1suspect or a positive patient in ICU range between Rs 40,000 and Rs 3 lakh depending upon the size of the hospital."
Mujtaba Hasan Askari, president, Helping Hand Foundation, which recently asked the intervention of the principal secretary (health) said. “We had requested the government to set up a task force on swine flu to manage and monitor a range of issues, including raising awareness and surveillance to negotiate with private hospitals for common package rate. But no such steps have been taken yet.”
Dr. T Narsinga Reddy, chairman of Aarogyasri Private Network Hospitals, Telangana said.”The Aarogyasri rules are a complete eyewash as they say that private empanelled hospitals can treat H1N1 patients only when they come in last stage -Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. This is nothing but double standards as management of swine flu patients must start at an early stage in ICUs even before they develop ARDS.”
BY M. DIVYA SRI