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Bangalore on high alert; sets up H1n1 swine flu testing centres

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Bangalore in the southern Indian state of Karnataka has the largest death toll due to swine flu causing H1N1 inluenza A virus.

20 people died in Bangalore alone till 30th August from complications related H1n1 virus infection. Meanwhile, the district of Udipi registered two deaths and Belgaum, Bijapur and Kolar one death each .

Several schools in Bangalore declared holidays, fumigated their campuses. Government and private offices, including large number of IT companies in Bangalore are taking all preventive measures to avoid any possible exposure with the deadly H1N1 virus.

Karnataka government has distributed oseltamivir (Tamiflu) tablets received from government of India to all major hospitals and district hospitals.

At present, Karnataka has two laboratories to test H1N1 virus samples in the state, one in Bangalore and one in Manipal.

National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIHMANS), Bangalore conducts 100 tests a day. The new equipment would help to conduct 300 tests, he said.

NIMHANS is currently in the process of purchase another equipment costing around Rs 40 lakh for conducting tests for H1N1 swine flu patients. The new equipment would help enhance NIMHANS H1N1 testing capability to 300 tests a day.

While Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Chest Diseases said the hospital had received nearly 6000 suspected cases so far. Most of the deaths occurred in the age group of 20 to 30 years and majority of them were women, hospital sources said.

The government also plans to set up a laboratory at KLE Society Hospital in Belgaum for providing treatment to  patients.

Private hospitals in Bangalore charge between Rs. 1,200 and Rs. 1,500 per patient for screening.Government would reimburse the hospitals for the cost treatment, sources said.

Several hospitals have decided to set up laboratories for conducting tests.

Swine flu testing centres and hospitals in Bangalore

National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)
Hosur Road
Bangalore – 560029
Tel: 91-080-26995001/5002, 26564140, 26561811, 26565822
Fax: 91-080-26564830

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases and SDS TB Hospital
Hosur  Road
Helpline No: 91-80-26631923

{Isolation and critical care}

Victoria Hospital (Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute)
Fort Road, Kalasipalyam
K R Market

St Johns Medical College Hospital
Sarjapur Main Road
Near Koramangla
Bangalore- 560034

Ambedkar Medical Institute and Hospital
Bangalore- 560045

MS Ramaiah Medical College
MSR Nagar
New BEL Road
Bangalore- 560054

Pristine Hospital
Modi Hospital Road
II Stage Extension
West of chord Road
Bangalore- 560 086

Manipal Hospital
old Airport Road
Bangalore- 560017
+91-80-2502 4444
+91-80-2502 3344

Vaidehi hospital
KR Puram Hobli
White Field
Bangalore -560066
Emergency: +91-80-41259032
(Isolation and Critical Care)

Lakeside Hospital
Near Ulsoor Lake
Meanee Avenue Road

Mallya Hospital
Vittal Mallya Road
Emergency: +91-80-22242325

St Martha’s Hospital
Atmananda Colony
Sultan Palya

Mallige Nursing Home
Mariappa Road
Bangalore – 560011

24 hour swine flu help line:

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