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Pregnant woman dies of suspected swine flu Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: Indicating the revival of swine flu cases in Chhattisgarh, a 20-year-old pregnant woman died on Monday evening due to suspected H1N1 virus at Ambedkar hospital here.

Since the final report on her swab test is still awaited, hospital authorities are yet not confirming the cause of death due to swine flu, even though she had its symptoms. According to doctors, the woman, who hails from Bhilai, was admitted to Ambedkar hospital on Monday evening after her condition deteriorated at Durg district hospital.

She was reportedly brought to the hospital in an unconscious state and was admitted to the isolation ward, doctors said.

Though this is the first case of suspected swine flu death in the state this summer, the H1N1 virus had claimed nearly 27 lives since January this year. Over 160 positive cases of swine flu were detected during the same period.

Health department fails to keep record of notifiable diseases

Chhattisgarh health department, in spite of spurt in the number of patients suffering from serious diseases like cancer, kidney failure, heart ailments and diabetics, allegedly has failed to keep record of notifiable diseases required by law to be reported to government authorities.

According to sources, the collation of information allows the authorities to monitor the disease, and provides early warning of possible outbreaks. It helps a lot the medical officials, doctors as well as entire health department in many ways in controlling diseases. This will provide detailed official data on severe diseases and mortality, which would help identifying the trend in different districts.

Besides, the information could be utilised in making strategy for taking policy decisions at government level and focus on regions that need more attention on severe or critical diseases control policies. On the basis of incidence pattern, it would also be easy to set up more number of cancer centres, heart treatment centers, dialysis centers and other treatment facilities, the sources added.

In many other states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, this system has been introduced since 2011. With this system, these states have managed to identify patients suffering from serious diseases at an early stage and provide treatment on time and subsequently have registered a decline in the number of patients suffering from these diseases. In fact, many cancer as well as kidney patients get a new lease of life because of early detection of the disease.

Renowned oncologist Dr M Rai said, “At present we do not have reliable data about the exact disease burden of cancer in different parts of Chhattisgarh. Making cancer a notifiable disease will provide us with detailed official data on cancer incidences and help identify trends in all parts of the state. This information can be utilised to make strategy by taking policy decisions at government level.”

Dr PK Gupta, renowned nephrologist states that “Our estimates are based on registries of this disease and hospital based data. But reporting kidney ailment cases to registries is not mandatory. Hence chances of underreporting cannot be denied. But if made all such severe diseases as notifiable diseases then it will be compulsory for every doctor or nursing home to report every patient of these diseases to the state.”

Findings on all these diseases are based on empirical data and statistical research collated by various government agencies and non-government organisations covering registries in five divisions, Raipur, Durg, Sarguja, Bastar and Bilaspur