Allied hospitals in Rawalpindi put on high alert to contain swine flu virus


RAWALPINDI: In order to contain the possible threats of the swine flu virus, the provincial government has put all government hospitals including three allied hospitals of Rawalpindi on high alert.

Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, medical superintendent of the Benazir Bhutto Hospital, although no swine flu case has been reported yet in Rawalpindi it is a lethal and life-taking virus. He said special counters have been set up in the emergency wards as well as the OPDs of the hospital to tackle the virus while awareness banners and pamphlets have also been displayed.

He said a vigorous awareness campaign against the virus has been launched besides ensuring the availability of medicines for the treatment of suspected patients. He informed that swine flu is a life taking virus that easily transmits from one person to another. He also said that the virus threats increase with the change of weather and dry cold. Precautionary measures are necessary for this disease to be contained at the earliest, added Dr Zafar.

The MS said that flu, cough, fever and other symptoms can lead to pneumonia, which can also damage the lungs and the victim can die due to the consequential breathing problems.  Dr Zafar urged the residents to adopt preventive measures in this respect.

Moreover, MS DHQ Dr Khalid also confirmed that no swine flu patient has yet been admitted to the hospital while the Punjab government has provided all the facilities needed to combat the deadly virus.  He said a sufficient stock of medicines was available with the hospital while the staff members have been put on high alert for an emergency situation.