Swine Flu looms over Kashmir

Swine Flu looms over Kashmir

The presence of Swine Flu virus in Kashmir has sent the alarm bells ringing in the Valley. One more patient dying at Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) off H1NI virus has taken the death toll to five while five others are undergoing treatment at SKIMS. The questions are being raised over the preparedness of the government. People are asking whether the State’s Health Department is ready to tackle the virus or not?
Experts are of the opinion that if immediate and proper steps are not taken to tackle the virus it can lead to outbreak of an epidemic in the Valley and coming winter season could be tough.
The Swine Flu vaccines which should have been easily available in the open market and in hospitals have become a most sought out commodity. The government should ensure that these vaccines are made available and the poor patients who cannot afford are provided these life saving vaccines free of cost.
Experts had predicted that cases of influenza in Kashmir would surge as winter is knocking at our door, and recommended that people must exercise precautions and that high risk groups should be vaccinated.
H1N1, according to the experts, is the circulating strain but they have warned that other viruses are in co-circulation too. The other viruses which are in co-circulation include H1N1 and H2N3 this year. The experts have even asked the doctors to prescribe anti-viral medicines and not to depend on antibiotics only.  Till date the state government has not come clear on whether the anti-virals are in stock or not. One hopes that government wakes up before it’s too late.