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Doctors in Telangana Take Shots for Swine Flu

by Julia Samuel on January 23, 2015 at 5:15 PM
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Doctors in Telangana Take Shots for Swine Flu

The Telangana government held Sambasiva Rao, the director of public health for 'mishandling' the situation arising out the swine flu outbreak and sent an SOS to the Centre for 20,000 additional tamiflu tablets.

Telangana Junior Doctors' Association (TJUDA) members are buying anti-flu vaccines from the open market ever since five junior doctors contracted swine flu - three at Osmania hospital and two at Gandhi hospital in the last one week.

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As a preventive measure, a group of 25 postgraduate doctors of Gandhi Hospital took anti-H1N1 vaccine, each paying Rs 380 from their pocket.

Dr V Naresh, vice-president, TJUDA, Gandhi unit said, "There is no time to fight with the health administration seeking preventive vaccination for all the 400 junior medicos. We cannot depend on the state's mercy for free vaccination as two of our colleagues, a gynecology student and a house surgeon, are already down with H1N1."
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"General medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, gynecology and obstetrics are the departments where junior medicos can get exposed to swine flu patients, who throng these areas without knowing that they are actually H1N1 patients," he added.

"It is strange why despite sanctioning a whopping Rs 100 crore each to Gandhi and Osmania hospitals, the state government cannot afford to buy vaccines and N95 masks for 3,000 PG doctors, house surgeons, nurses and Class IV employees," said Dr G Srinivas, TJUDA state president.

"We are planning to give a representation to the health secretary of Telangana seeking vaccines and protective masks for our about 1,000 nursing staff in the two teaching hospitals and 300 nursing," said P Swaroopa, president, Telangana State Nursing Association.

Dr Putta Srinivas, director of medical education (DME), Telangana, clarified that the anti-flu vaccine need not be administered to each and every caregiver in Osmania and Gandhi hospitals.

"Those working in swine flu wards have already been vaccinated in both the hospitals. There is no need for general public to take the vaccine as its efficacy is only 30%," he added.

Dr Aruna Kumari, director of health (AP), said special isolation wards were being set up in all hospitals. But experts said the residuary state does not have the capability to handle a health emergency, as there were no testing or treatment facilities. So far, AP has recorded 12 positive cases and one death.

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