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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

India : No space for TB patients in PMC-run hospital

Via Indian Express :

" The TB ward of PMC-run Dr Naidu Infectious Diseases Hospital, one of the swine flu screening centres with arrangements for H1N1 patients, has been shut for almost two years and TB patients are being turned away. They are either referred to the state-run Sassoon General hospital or the Aundh General Hospital.

PMC health authorities are awaiting the swine flu-free tag from the state government to start the TB ward. PMC chief medical officer Dr R R Pardeshi said there was not a single H1N1 case in the city . “However, while daily efforts of screening and testing patients with symptoms of cough and cold are still on at Naidu quarantine ward, throat swabs sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV) have not tested positive. We had to refer TB patients to Sassoon or Aundh, as TB patients had to be isolated from H1N1 patients,” he said.

Naidu doctors said some 30 patients are screened daily and samples from 10-12 suspected H1N1 cases are sent for examination."

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