Two employees at the police commissionerate have been tested positive for swine flu, raising a health scare in the district.
Head clerk in the accounts department Ambarish Deshpande and office superintendent Salunke had been suffering from fever and flu for the last four-five days. Initially, they obtained treatment in a private hospital. As fever did not subside even after few days, doctors conducted tests for swine flu and their reports turned out to be positive. Deshpande has been shifted to MIT Hospital while Salunke is being treated in the swine flu ward at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).
Meanwhile, four other employees of the accounts department are also suffering from fever and cold. After reports of Salunke and Deshpande were received, deputy commissioner of police Somnath Gharge advised the four employees to go to the GMCH. This morning, they were examined by swine flu ward head Dr Mangala Borkar.
When contacted, Dr Borkar said, "Condition of office superintendent Salunke is serious and he has been kept on ventilator. A team of doctors is treating him. No symptoms of swine flu were seen in the four employees who were examined today. They were given a day's dose of medicines and sent home."
GMCH sources said that there was no shortage of swine flu medicines. Throat swabs of the patients exhibiting symptoms of swine flu admitted to ward number six are sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for testing. Swabs are not collected in the OPD.