Body to develop treatment protocol for H1N1 virus
The Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) yesterday formed an 18-member committee to develop a treatment protocol for the pandemic H1N1 2009, which has already affected 281 people as of Friday and killed two persons since the first case detected on June 18 in Bangladesh.
"The committee represented by clinicians would submit its report in a couple of days," DGHS Director General Prof Dr Shah Monir Hossain told BSS after a meeting with clinicians of different hospitals in the city. Once the protocol is finalised, he said, it would be sent to all hospitals to provide treatment based on categories.
"It seems that the death caused from AH1N1, although a lab test has yet to be done," the DG said, adding that the people should not be panicked about the flu, virulence of which is not so fatal. Prof Monir said they have informally decided for clean guideline for treatment protocol, which will have three categories -- A, B and C -- to provide treatment of flu-affected people.
"Infected people of category A will have treatment at home, while category B will get antiviral drugs and category C patients will be admitted to hospital," he said, urging people to maintain personal hygiene.
The people who require a medical evaluation for pandemic virus are those who are short of breath or have difficulty in breathing or have risk factor for disease including pregnancy, diabetes, asthma, chronic heart disease, according to the guideline of the World Health Organisation.