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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2426

Nepal steps up surveillance in airport, border points to detect Swine flu

Kosh Raj Koirala – Reporting from Nepal

Kathmandu, 01 July, (Asiantribune.com): Shortly after detecting the first Swine Flu case in the country, Nepal government has maintained high-alert to detect the symptoms of Swine Flu across the country.

Officials at Ministry of Health said the government has put over 40 Rapid Response Teams in high alert to identify people infected with the deadly swine flu in hospitals all over the country as per the preliminary precautionary measures.

Similarly, the government has also mobilized a team of health professions at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the only international airport in the country. The team has begun rigorously checking in-coming passengers for symptoms of the deadly H1N1 virus 2009.

A US-based non-resident Nepali family, who landed in Kathmandu recently, have been diagnosed with H1N1 virus, otherwise known as Swine Flu, on Monday.

Officials at World Health Organization in Nepal said the infected trio--- 44-year old father and 38-year old mother and their eight-year old son --- is on self-quarantine under supervision of the kid’s grandfather, who is a medical doctor by profession.

Officials at Health Ministry said they have also stepped up vigilance for symptoms of the flu at border points. Nepal shares over 1800-km open border with India.

Among others, the government has also deployed surveillance teams across the country and strengthened hospitals mainly Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital and Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital to enable them to provide special treatment to its victims.

First detected in Mexico in early May, the Swine flu pandemic has so far claimed 250 lives and has spread to over 113 countries.

- Asian Tribune -

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