Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), through its health department, is taking preventive measures and appealing to citizens to get vaccinated for swine flu.
The PMC is taking this pre-emptive care in lieu of the possibility of the rise in occurrences of swine flu cases which happens around this time of the year.
Anjali Sabane, the acting Chief Medical Officer of the PMC, said that because of the pre-emptive action, occurrences can be controlled. “We are appealing especially to people who are suffering from hypertension, diabetes and pregnant women as they are more susceptible to be infected,” she said. “We have started the appeal campaign via newspapers, radio advertisements etc and our doctors are informing patients regarding the same,” she further added.
“We have made the vaccines available at all 19 hospitals of the civic body. We have made the Tamiflu shots available for free at all these centres. Hence, people should approach these centres and get the vaccine administered,” she said adding, “We have made sure there is enough stock for the vaccine too.”
Sabane said that on a personal level, citizens can take some measures themselves. “As a preventive measure, people should drink enough water, get vaccinated and in case they have a cough or cold, they should approach a doctor immediately,” she said.