EDCD starts collecting of details of H1N1 patients

Kathmandu, August 4

The Epidemiology and Disease Control Division under the Department of Health Services has started collecting the details of patients visiting government and private medical facilities seeking treatment for seasonal flu.

Earlier, the division had sent a letter to all Kathmandu Valley-based government and private hospitals seeking daily updates of such patients as it hoped that the information would help it take timely measures to check the spread of the disease, said EDCD Director Dr Bheem Acharya.

The influenza A (H1N1) has so far claimed six lives in the country. Fever, headache, sore throat, runny and

stuffy nose, breathing complications and diarrhoea are common symptoms of the virus which originates from swine and is later transmitted humans.

Covering mouth with a clean piece of cloth or handkerchief while sneezing, proper hand-washing, intake of nutritious diet and fluid, avoiding crowd, handshakes and hugging have been advised by doctors as possible ways to remain safe from the influenza. Division Director Acharya said the government was taking all possible measures to take seasonal flu under control.

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