Gandhi, nodal hospital for swine flu
- CS names NIMS superintendent as nodal officer
Hyderabad: Telangana State Chief Secretary SP Singh has stressed the need for creating awareness in the public on the spread of swine flu through wide publicity and offer medicines free of cost.
He held a high-level review meeting on Saturday with the officials concerned, including Principal Secretary Medical & Health Rajeshwar Tiwari, NIMS Superintendent Manohar, Gandhi Hospital Superintendent Venkateshwar Reddy, Director of Health Lalitha and that of Institute of Preventive Medicine.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh declared NIMS superintendent as nodal officer and Gandhi Hospital as nodal hospital. He asked them to launch immediate treatment for swine flu at IPM and Fever Hospital in Nallakunta. He also directed committed services to the people, who should avoid the panic of possible spread of swine flu through wide publicity.
“There shall not be any shortage of medicines and kits for treating the problem with timely attendance by the doctors. Besides giving wide publicit, the officials should be cautious and provide all health facilities to patients with swine flu”, he said. With better coordination and involvement, the health officials should review the situation on daily basis and offer the best health services to overcome the problem of swine flu spread, he stated.
The patients with swine flu symptoms in private hospitals must be shifted to the Gandhi Hospital for immediate treatment, the Chief Secretary directed. Rajeshwar Tiwari informed that all the hospitals in the districts are equipped with medicines and kits to provide timely treatment. He also said they made arrangements for 60 beds for the swine flu patients, 20 ventilators and 24-hour availability of pulmonologists at Gandhi Hospital. Samples from districts and other major hospitals are being sent to IPM for giving confirmation reports in 24 hours, he added.
Temporary nurses intensify stir
Meanwhile, outsourcing nurses, who have been agitation for the last four days at Gandhi Hospital, intensified their agitation on Saturday demanding that the State government regularize their services and resolve their problems.
The nurses climbed to 10th floor of the Gandhi Hospital building and lodged their protest from there. They made it clear that they would continue their agitation till their problems were solved. In the process, tension prevailed for some time as the nurses made it clear that they would not come down till the hospital management responded to their agitation. They also alleged that the Health Minister has failed to fulfill his assurance given to them a year ago. They said they were leading miserable lives with paltry salaries. Some 220 nurses participated in Saturday’s agitation –NSS