Swine flu scare was increasing in Kashmir a
month ago, after the death of a 40-year-old Srinagar resident at the
Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, people rushed to various
hospitals to get vaccinated.
As the swine flu death toll kept on rising,
doctors in Shri Maharja Hari Singh Hospital and SKIMS protested for shortage of
But now, after 26 people succumbed to the flu
in the state, it has come to the situation that around 2,500 swine flu
vaccines have been left unused because people are unwilling to get vaccinated
due to the declining number of swine flu cases.
Dr Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent, SKIMS,
said, "Not even the doctors posted at the institute or any other hospital were
not willing to get vaccinated. These vaccines are still effective, but the
people don't want to get vaccinated. We cannot let them go waste. Hence, we are
devising an effective strategy to store these."
"Although swine flu scare is dying,
prevention is always a good idea," said, Dr Jan.
A total number of 14 people, including two
pregnant women succumbed to H1N1 virus since February 17. "But in majority of
these cases, the patients were already suffering from chronic ailments,
especially heart and respiratory diseases," Dr Jan said.
Kulsoom Bhat, SKIMS spokesperson, said, " In
February, 250-300 patients had visited the special pulmonary OPD set up to
examine swine flu cases. Now we have 30-40 patients visiting OPD every day and
lesser number of swab samples are being sent to the testing laboratory at
A total of 401 H1N1 positive cases were
recorded so far. "We administer them medicines, advise them to take precautions
and send them home. Minor cases of H1N1 could be well treated at home. Right
now, we have only two patients admitted to the isolation ward of the hospital,"
Dr Jan said.