Swine flu patients cured

KATHMANDU: The three persons infected with swine flu virus have regained their health and are no longer being kept in isolation.

Dr Senendra Raj Upreti, director, Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, said they were given a full course of Tamiflu for five days, which cured the disease completely. “There remains no chance of the patients’ transmitting the deadly disease now,” said Upreti. He said that the flu victims could lead a normal life after seven days of isolation.

Dr Manas Kumar Banerjee, public health expert and former coordinator, Avian Influenza Project, said they had established regional referral hospitals in Dharan, Nepalgunj, Birgunj, Dhangadi, Butwal and Bharatpur. He said Teku Hospital had been proposed as the central hospital for treatment of pandemic A (H1N1) virus.

Doctors administering a five-day course of the 75mg Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) on the patients. The drug costs 29 dollars per course. Precautionary measures to check the spread of flu are: maintain a metre’s distance from the suspected people, wash hands carefully and use handkerchief while coughing and sniffing.

People suffering from respiratory diseases and patients of communicable diseases are vulnerable to the disease, said Banerjee.