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    Swine flu reached to Lahore after killing 28 patients in South Punjab

    MULTAN, Jan 20th:Another three patients have died of H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu) on Saturday morning in Nishtar Hospital Multan.While Three patients have so far been died of swine flu in Lahore.Now death toll rose to 28, Medical Superintendent of Nishtar Hospital Multan Dr.Abdul Rehman Qureshi told this scribe today.  He said that thirteen more H1N1 influenza virus suspects admitted at hospitals in southern Punjab hospitals and they are shifted to isolation ward reaching the total numbers of suspects to 211 from 198 in the 24 hours on Saturday, health officials said. The new suspects have been admitted in Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Khanewal, Muzaffargarh, Lodhran and Rajanpur districts, health officials said.The numbers of admitted suspects climbed up from 129 to 142 in Mulatn district. A suspect admitted in Dera Ghazi Khan after a long time like Lodhran where one more suspect admitted carrying H1N1 symptoms. The numbers of suspects have reached to seven from six in Dera Ghazi Khan Lodhran from 4 to 5, Khanewal from 22 to 25, Muzaffargarh from 31 to 34 and Rajanpur from 3 to 4 suspects.
    Health officials said that total number of positive suspects have reached to 119 out of total 211 admitted while eight suspects were waiting their reports in southern Punjab hospitals. The Multan district has been marked as high positive cases reached to 61 and another 55 are negative while three suspects were waiting for test reports. The Muzaffargarh is witnessed drcond district carrying high numbers opf positive acses identified as 19 positive and 10 negative. The Khanewal ranks at third where 10 H1N1 flu virus suspects have been identified.
    Health officials said that 75 H1N1 positive suspects recovered and discharged from respective hospitals. The numbers of 79 negative suspects recovered and discharged from hospitals since the virus attacked people in southern Punjab.
    Health officials said that People infected with any kind of flu can infect others one day before they have symptoms and five to seven days after they become sick. The symptoms of H1N1, including fever, chills, cough, and body aches, last about eight days, on average. Some symptoms may continue longer than that.
    While explaining H1N1 flu virus, physicians said that the influenza virus may survive better in colder, drier climates, and therefore be able to infect more people. Influenza is a viral respiratory illness. A virus is a microscopic infectious agent that invades the cells of your body and makes you sick.
    The flu is often confused with another virus, the common cold, because of the similarity in symptoms, which can include a cough, sore throat, and stuffy nose. However, flu symptoms also include fever, cold sweats, aches throughout the body, headache, exhaustion, and even some gastro-intestinal symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhea, physicians said.Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (PSHD) Secretary Ali Jan Khan said the medicines and vaccine of H1N1 had already been provided to all district and tehsil headquarters hospitals across the province.
    Presiding over the 5th Deputy District Health Officers Conference in Lahore , the secretary said flu filtration clinics had also been established in these hospitals. A technical committee, constituted on the instruction of the chief minister, was monitoring the surveillance report of H1NI on a daily basis.
    Mr Khan directed the deputy district officers health (DDOHs) to not only ensure timely response to the patients but also ensure vaccination of their contacts, high risk group, doctors and staff of the hospitals concerned. He issued directions for special attention on public awareness campaign regarding the disease.
    The Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) has appealed to the public to go for only the medical practitioners registered with the commission and licensed by it.
    Identity of the person(s) giving information about quacks on the PHC toll-free helpline 0800-00742 would not be revealed to anyone, said a spokesperson on Friday while adding that 34 centres of quacks were closed during the current week.
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