Imphal, July 15: A 45-year-old man, undergoing treatment in a private hospital here, tested positive for pandemic influenza virus H1N1 (swine flu), sending alarm bells ringing in the state health directorate.
"A patient, who is undergoing treatment at an Imphal hospital has tested positive for pandemic influenza virus H1N1. All possible care is given to the patient for his recovery," Manipur health minister L. Jayantakumar Singh told reporters here today.
The patient from West Imphal district was admitted to Shija Hospitals and Research Institute, Imphal, for treatment of high fever on July 4. After the fever turned worse, the hospital sent his throat swab for test to SRL Diagnostic, Mumbai, on July 10. The test result came yesterday evening, confirming swine flu, the minister said.
Sources said the patient's condition is critical. He is on ventilator and is being treated in the intensive care unit of the hospital.
"Following a report from the private hospital confirming swine flu, a team of doctors visited the patient last night. We are taking all possible measures for his best treatment," the minister said.
This is the second time that swine flu has hit Manipur in two years. In March 2015, a 35-year-old woman from East Imphal died of swine flu in a private hospital here.
The minister said there should not be any panic as there is no outbreak. "The source of the virus could be Manipur itself. We had experiences of the disease in 2015 and have taken all measures to contain it," he added.
Without disclosing the patient's identity or locality, the minister said a medical team had rushed to the locality of the patient to create awareness about swine flu.
"Following instructions from the health department, the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, both in Imphal, we have kept isolation wards for treatment of swine flu in case there is an outbreak. We have taken all measures to deal with any eventuality," Jayantakumar said.
The medical directorate has 1,400 Tamiflu, the main antiviral flu drug, for adults and 430 for children. If required, more Tamiflu would be procured, the minister said.
The health department has opened a monitoring cell to keep a constant vigil and instructed district hospitals and health centres on what should be done if a suspected case of swine flu is brought to the respective healthcare facilities.
The health department officials said till today 38 cases of dengue and 30 cases of Japanese encephalitis were confirmed this summer. A majority of the cases were reported from Churachandpur district. There are 15 cases of dengue and 17 cases of Japanese encephalitis in Churachandpur district alone. Measures have been taken to contain the outbreak, the officials said.