Observing threatening fact, the BMC warned private laboratories to inform the health authorities first about positive swine flu (H1N1) cases instead of contacting public as per official protocol that defined while first case of positive H1N1 came into existence in 2009.
Talking to media, Dr AA Bandiwadekar, executive health officer, BMC, said regarding this a notice will be sending to them.
“We will be making it clear to hospitals and private labs like Super Religare Laboratories (SRL) that H1N1 cases have to be informed to us before being made public,” he said.
According to protocol, the private labs that are testing positive swine flu, should submit a collective report to the BMC first.
Around this time, five H1N1 positive cases has tested in Mumbai of last week, are a male of 57 from Bandra , one from Elphinstone Road. The earlier patients are a man of 37 aged, his six year old son and mother of 57 year old.
The official of BMC ensured that antiviral drugs and meditation are giving positive infected patients and are responding well.
After contacting with incident, BMC has scrutinized atleast 150 families in Mulund for H1N1 symptoms, but no more positive cases were found.
Dismissing worried situation of H1N1 in Mumbai, Dr Bandiwadekar said, “None of the positive H1N1 cases have been hospitalised.
Half-baked information from a private laboratory can create a panic situation in public.”