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Shillong hospital ill-equipped to tackle H1N1
Correspondent Shillong, Aug 16 :
Published on 17 Aug. 2009 12:01 AM IST
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The Meghalaya government-run Shillong Civil Hospital designated for treatment of Swine flu cases is ill equipped to combat the pandemic virus with shortage of preventive masks for the Virus and unattended telephone help line services. Hospital authorities said on condition of anonymity that there is shortage of preventive masks. “We have to beg these masks from Medical Representatives as we have severe shortage of masks from the government,” a doctor from the hospital said. In fact, a ward boy Dolshelsius Syiemlieh (27) contracted the virus after he was attending in the isolated ward where the first victim of the virus, Salvit Tongper is being treated. Director of Health Services KH Lakiang had earlier claimed that there was no shortage of masks and medicines to combat the virus. The state has a stock of 2000 Tami-flu tablets and would receive an additional 6000 soon, he said recently. In terms of facilities and equipments Shillong Civil Hospital is best equipped in Meghalaya. Two other civil hospitals in Jowai, Jaintia Hills and Tura Garo Hills have been designated for treatment of the H1NI virus. Health officials wondered if the “best government run hospital in Meghalaya” was running in such a state of affairs then other hospitals would fare worse. “The other Civil hospitals would have far more problem if the Shillong Civil hospital was in such a condition,” the Doctor said. Meanwhile, when the media tried to contact the telephone helpline services – 2223084, 2506520 and 25064498 – designated for information on H1N1 virus this evening the calls went unanswered after several attempts.

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