Swine Flu triggers panic

Swine Flu triggers panic

Swine Flu once again raising its ugly head in Kashmir has triggered panic across the Valley. Till date as many as 11 patients have died due to this deadly virus.
President of the Doctors Association of Kashmir Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan recently suggested that the government should provide free flu vaccines to high risk groups, including children and elderly people, as the flu vaccine costs around Rs 1400/ and everyone cannot afford it.
The Swine Flu has crept into the system and the people at the helm should acknowledge it and remain prepared to tackle the situation. It’s unfortunate that authorities every year have to be told that Swine Flu is there and it needs to be tackled. Every year preparations are made afresh to tackle the Swine Flu virus, which according to the doctors, becomes more active in the winter months.
The flu vaccine is recommended for all, it is especially important for high risk groups who are prone to complications, hospitalization and even death. The doctors believe that this vaccine prevents flu virus from causing any damage. The eleven people who have died of swine flu in the Valley till date had not been vaccinated. Experts believe that had these people taken the flu shot their lives could have been saved.
The Jammu and Kashmir government needs to put its act together and ensure that the hospitals in the state are equipped to deal with the patients suffering from Swine Flu. In most of the hospitals there are no special wards or rooms where these patients can be kept in isolation. One hopes that the J&K government realizes the gravity of the situation and starts taking Swine Flu seriously. If precautions are not taken it can turn into an epidemic and play havoc with the lives of people.