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Five Indian states go on alert following pneumonia outbreak in China

The hospitals and medical staff in the states have received instructions to make sure they are equipped to manage patients with respiratory issues.

China is experiencing a puzzling pandemic of pneumonia that is overrunning pediatric hospitals and spreading across schools.

A minimum of five states have increased their attention about their health infrastructure in response to a request from the Center to assess preparedness because of an increase in respiratory diseases among children in China.

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The hospitals and medical staff in the states of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, and Tamil Nadu have received instructions from their respective governments to make sure they are equipped to manage patients with respiratory issues.

Preventative tips

Karnataka’s health department has advised citizens to be on the lookout for the seasonal flu. In addition to providing information on flu symptoms and risk factors, the advice offers preventative tips.

These suggestions include covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing, often washing hands, avoiding touching one’s face, and using masks in crowded settings.

In an advice, Rajasthan’s health department states that although there is now no reason for concern, medical professionals should continue to exercise caution in order to stop the spread of infectious illnesses.

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The advice also suggested that departments of medicine and pediatric units provide adequate accommodations.

The infrastructure for healthcare, which was built during the COVID-19 epidemic, is being strengthened as a precaution because of the situation in China, according to Gujarat Health Minister Rushikesh Patel. Officials have been asked by the state administration to evaluate their level of readiness.

The Uttarakhand government has directed health officials to step up their surveillance for cases of respiratory illnesses. China shares borders with the three districts of Uttarakhand—Pithoragarh, Uttarkashi, and Chamoli.

Despite the fact that there haven’t been any cases of pediatric pneumonia recorded in the state, the state health agency has advised authorities to exercise vigilance as a precaution.

The Union Health Ministry has stated that there is no need for concern in light of its advice to states to evaluate their preparedness for handling any upcoming circumstances. Still, they are closely monitoring any developments.

“All States and Union Territories have been advised to implement ‘Operational Guidelines for Revised Surveillance Strategy in the context of COVID-19’, shared earlier this year, which provides for integrated surveillance of respiratory pathogens presenting as cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory illness (SARI),” the ministry stated in a statement.

Four years after Covid-19 first appeared in the nation and then spread over the world as a pandemic, the rise in respiratory ailment cases in northern China, especially in children, has raised concerns.

However, as reported by news agency AFP, Chinese health officials claim that the rise in infections is a result of a mix of previously recognized viruses and is related to the nation’s first full cold season since the rigorous Covid restrictions were loosened in December.

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Dr. Shubhangi Jha

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