Take precautions to avoid swine flu, residents advised

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 10

The district Health Department issued directions to the city residents to take necessary precautions to avoid contracting swine flu.

In a press note issued in public interest, the district Health Department advised that residents of the district should not panic and efforts are on for ensuring precautions and treatment of the H1N1 virus.

Dr Hari Narain Singh, Civil Surgeon, said, “Swine flu is caused due to the spread of H1N1 virus. It is a communicable virus that spreads from person to the other via breathing. Severe fever, cough, cold, sneezing, running nose, difficulty in breathing, sore throat, bodyache, dysentery and vomiting are some of the major symptoms of the disease.

Dr Singh added, “We all should cover our face and nose with handkerchief while coughing or sneezing, wash hands with soap before and after touching eyes and face, avoid going to crowded places, maintain physical distance from people affected with fever, cough, cold and sneezing and complete sleep. To stay active and stress-free, one must drink a lot of water in this season.”

He said avoid shaking hands, hugging and physical contact with people affected with the swine flu also patients must avoid spitting in the open. Staff members and students with symptoms of the flu should be given leave from schools. The treatment and medicines are provided free of cost to the swine flu patients at the government hospitals/centres in the district. For further details, the residents can reach out to the nearest government hospital/centre.

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