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State gears up for H1N1
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 20 (NPN):
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Published on 21 Aug. 2009 12:40 AM IST
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District Surveillance Officers and Rapid Response Team from the medical department on Thursday had a workshop on pandemic preparedness and response of Influenza A (H1N1) or Swine Flu at Red Cross Conference hall. The medical team discussed on the epidemiology of H1N1, hospital set up and management to tackle the pandemic, clinical management of pediatrics and laboratory diagnosis for Influenza A (H1N1). Director of Health and Family Welfare Dr. TL Nakhro while advocating that state should be on guard to combat the pandemic urged district medical teams to make action plans to tackle situations. He said sensitive areas including airport, railway station, bus terminal and the like should be well screened. Terming the situation as double-edged sword, Dr. Nakhro said while creating awareness to the people on pandemic, panicky situation should not be created among the public. He urged the doctors to be mindful not to create panic while educating the masses, but provide clarity through the action plans. He affirmed that the state was no less prepared than any other state. Further, Dr. Nakhro called upon the medical team to have team spirit and work collectively. He urged the CMOs and MS to conduct coordination meeting with their team and discuss on creating awareness of Swine Flu. Stating that education institution was an area to be very watchful, the director suggested medical department and the education department to conduct awareness programmes. He also said that close ties with NGOs and the church will help in spreading the correct message. Delivering keynote address, State Nodal Officer (Pandemic Preparedness) Dr. Kevichusa Medikhru said special attention should be given on screening airports at Dimapur. He stated that Airport authority had earmarked a special booth for doctors selected for screening by the Dimapur Civil Hospital. He said that an immediate action needed was to set up billboards in public places, make pamphlets etc on awareness of H1N1, and also awareness through the media. Highlighting the guidelines issued by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Medikhru said the state will have only one spokesman to report on H1N1 cases, not to create unnecessary tension among the public. He apprised that RRT in Nagaland is based in Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung, where Kohima, Phek, Kiphire, Wokha come under Kohima RRT, Dimapur, Peren, Mon come under Dimapur RRT and Mokokchung, Longleng, Zunheboto and Tuensang come under Mokokchung RRT. Doctors from different districts of the state attended the workshop. The other resource persons include Dr. Imkong Temsu, SMO, WHO; Dr. Thorsie, State RRT; Dr. Etho, State RRT; Dr. Rüütuoü, State RRT and Dr. John Kemp, State RRT.

 
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