India issues health advisory for CWG visitors

With less than a fortnight left for CWG and Delhi still reeling under dengue and swine flu outbreak.

Updated: Sep 17, 2010, 20:39 PM IST

New Delhi: With less than a fortnight left
for Commonwealth Games and Delhi still reeling under dengue
and swine flu outbreak, India today issued a health advisory
for participants and visitors coming for the event asking them
to take precaution, including carrying of full-sleeve clothes.

However, the advisory, issued by the Health and Family
Welfare Ministry, maintained that the influenza activity has
now "peaked" in India and is showing "a declining trend".

Noting that WHO had announced that H1N1 influenza
pandemic has moved into post-pandemic stage while localised
outbreaks of various magnitude are likely to continue, it said
anyone who contracts pandemic flu during the Games will be
given access, free of charge, to consultation, diagnosis and
treatment in government-notified health facilities.

The advisory asked the visitors to ascertain their
vaccination status and carry the records, though H1N1
vaccination was not made mandatory.

Advising them to look for symptoms such as fever, running
nose, sore throat and difficulty in breathing, it said, "If
suffering from fever while on flight, contact on arrival the
Help Desk at the Delhi International Airport for assistance."

The advisory also asked the visitors to take precautions
like covering of mouth and nose during coughing or sneezing,
washing of hands with soap, avoiding touching the eyes, nose
or mouth and avoiding crowded places.

As per reports, there have been nearly 2316 deaths due to
H1N1 across the country since May last year. In this season,
samples from 1,72,832 people have been tested for Influenza A
H1N1 in government laboratories and a few private laboratories
across the country and 41,234 (23.8 per cent) of them have
been found positive.

On dengue, the advisory said that about 40 per cent of
the world`s population live in areas where there is a risk of
dengue transmission.

Besides carrying full-sleeve clothes, the advisory asked
the visitors to bring mosquito repellent creams, oils, mats or
coils.

There have been over 2100 cases of dengue so far in the
national capital.

PTI