JORHAT, March 10 � Even after the death of two patients due to H1N1 virus infection, neither the district administration nor the Department of Health Services of Jorhat district has implemented effective measures to prevent the spread of the fatal disease in the localities concerned till Tuesday. This has caused serious concern among local organisations, senior citizens and residents of the city.
Today the Joint Director of Health Services of the district confirmed the two deaths due to swine flu, even as another patient (a lady doctor) was undergoing treatment in the Jorhat Medical College Hospital (JMCH).
Asked about any kind of awareness campaign in any locality of the district, no health official confirmed any such government campaign either in any urban or rural area of the district.
Besides, the non-availability of medicine (Tamiflu tablets and syrups) and required facilities in JMCH and other 134 health service centres including two sub-divisional civil hospitals in Majuli and Titabor in the district has exposed the health department�s alleged negligence towards public health. Expressing concern over the absence of tablets and syrups even in the JMCH many doctors also said that adequate supply of tablets and syrups is the utmost need of the hospitals of the district where the outbreak of the fatal viral disease was detected after the death of two local citizens. Meanwhile, local representatives of several organisations requested the state government�s top officials to compel the district-level health department�s officials concerned to provide adequate services.