Wednesday, August 19, 2009

STNM forwards three swab samples for H1N1 test

Gangtok: Throat swab samples of three persons, 2 male and 1 female, suspected for H1N1 virus infection have been sent to Kolkota for testing on Tuesday by Sir Thudop Namgyal Memorial (STNM) hospital authority.
Dr. I.L. Sharma, Superintendent of the hospital, confirmed the report and said the persons (all local) came to the hospital outdoor with influenza symptoms. Their symptoms were not severe so they were released after taking their swab samples for testing. An isolation ward has been set up in the STNM hospital premises for swine flu patients, if any, Dr. Sharma informed. Dr.Namgyal T. Sherpa, Senior Medical Officer, in charge of H1N1 flu cases in STNM, said a check team of five doctors has been formed. “On Tuesday, Dr. Chintamani Sharma has been sent to Kolkata with the swab samples. According to rule, the test report should come within 24 hours but we heard there is a heavy load of pending tests. So the reports may be somewhat delayed,” Dr.Namgyal told Sikkim Reporter. “The suspected cases are in the age group 20 to 40 years”, he said.