Delhi makes swine flu patients’ hospitalisation mandatory

June 12th, 2009 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) With the rise in the number of swine flu cases in India, the Delhi government late Friday invoked the Epidemic Act, making it mandatory for any person who has tested positive for A(H1N1) to get admitted in identified hospitals.
“The Delhi government has invoked the Epidemic Act. Under Section 2 of the act, it is mandatory for a person infected with the flu to get admitted in an identified hospital. If the person refuses to do do, police would be asked to detain him,” Delhi Health Secretary J.P. Singh told IANS.

The decision was taken Friday night after a 35-year-old man, who had come here from New York via London, showed swine flu-like symptoms.

The man had come to India June 2 and had gone straight home from the airport. He had refused to get admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital despite being tested for swine flu. The virus got transferred to his 60-year-old mother who was looking after him.

This was the first case of human-to-human transmission of the swine flu in the national capital and the second in the country. The first such case was reported from Hyderabad.

Officials said the mother and son had refused to be admitted in the hospital and demanded “home quarantine”. However, on Wednesday night they were bought to the RML Hospital. Hours later, they left on their own without informing the hospital authorities.

“They have been admitted to an identified hospital near the airport and they are being monitored and kept in isolation,” Vineet Chawdhry, joint secretary in the central health ministry, told reporters Friday.

India has reported 16 cases of swine flu - five in the national capital, eight in Hyderabad, two in Coimbatore and one in Goa.

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