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Swine flu vaccine shortage create panic, high alert

Udaipur : With the increasing death toll and patients tested positive for the deadly swine flu, shortage of the vaccines is becoming a cause of concern for the medical department as well as the common people in Udaipur. On Monday two persons died while 6 patients including 4 women have been tested positive of the disease at MB hospital here. Of the six patients, 5 are from Udaipur while one is from Chittorgarh.

Though the medical department has declared high alert situation and cancelled leaves for the doctors and nursing fraternity, yet shortage of vaccines is a cause of concern for the staff who is hesitant to carry out the door to door surveillance without ample medication. The Joint director, medical and health office Udaipur division has demanded 2000 vaccines from the government of which 500 vaccines is required by the department itself while 250 vaccines is needed at the MB hospital.

Tami-flu the tablet remains the only option for the staff to treat the patients unless the vaccine supply is received, sources said. The community health centers have been instructed to conduct a separate OPD to screen patients with H1N1 symptoms. Meanwhile, the Municipal Corporation has started an awareness campaign in the city against the deadly disease. Corporators have been asked to hold meetings in their areas to apprise people of the symptoms and precautions of the disease. CMHO Dr Sanjeev Tank said a door to door survey is underway in the entire district to detect and cure patients in early stage. 50 houses in the neighborhood would be screened if any H1N1 positive patient is found anywhere.

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