Beware: Swine Flu Spreads In Nagpur



It is time Nagpur city got better prepared for prevalent swine flu that appears to be spreading all over. It would be good for medical pharmacies to stock up on antiviral medicines and antibiotics that will be needed to treat anyone who becomes ill during the current spike in swine flu cases. It is also the time to follow up on the new vaccine against the virus that is being currently developed. In the meantime the general public is advised to make use of masks when they move outdoors.

The city witnessed a gradual increase in the cases of swine flu cases and deaths have been reported from all quarters.  Health authorities and citizens are facing the dreaded disease that has since January 2017 seen over 300 people testing positive for the H1N1 virus.  Critical patients are quickly hospitalized and those having the symptoms of flu like conditions are being advised to stay isolated at home.

It is true that when people around you start suffering is when the enormity of the situation dawns. As part of its social responsibility, HERD Pharmacy has started advising people to take better care and stay out of harm’s way. Managers and front line staff is proactively talking to the customers to protect their families by observing essential do’s and don’ts. It may not be possible to monitor everybody but precautionary measures are being spelled out.

Just like in the case of regular flu, people who are getting infected by swine flu need to take lots of rest. They can use specific prescribed medications that will reduce their temperature and help bring down their symptoms. Antiviral medications for swine flu are available across all HERD Pharmacy counters and people affected by the virus will get treated by them. It would be essential to take complete rest that will relieve symptoms and reduce potential complications.

Most city doctors are prescribing specified antivirals or antibiotics to people being diagnosed for flu or swine-flu. Seriously ill patients are immediately being hospitalized. It is a good idea to read up as much with regard to flu-like symptoms if anyone is having concerns about suspicion of flu like symptoms. In all events you must rush to see a doctor immediately to confirm the case.

Antibiotics are mostly used to treat swine flu patients who may develop complications. They help combat bacterial infections. A vaccine to protect against swine flu is being developed, but it is not available as yet. It is especially important to safeguard high-risk groups susceptible to the disease and these include – people with chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, immunosuppression and diabetes mellitus, patients who have had drug treatment for asthma within the past three years, pregnant women, people aged 65 years and older, and young children under five years old.

Be wary of swine flu symptoms like cold, cough, sore throat, headache and fever or difficulty in breathing. If tested positive one should start taking precautions and treatment immediately. Swine flu (H1N1) is a disease caused by virus infection. The infection can spread from one person to another through the infected person’s sneeze, cough, and so on. One should not neglect any symptom and immediately visit a doctor.


Nagpur – ‘A’ Class City

Nagpur, Biggest City in Central India

Nagpur – Nerve Center of the Country

It was pleasant surprise this morning to be informed that Nagpur, largest city of central India and second capital of Maharashtra is re-designated Class-A City by the state government. This perhaps bodes well for the city that is oft cited as a promising futuristic global city. This fast growing metropolis is now the third most populous city in the state after Mumbai and Pune. Despite getting steadily industrialized it still remains a most livable city! Why then did it take so much time for this beautiful city to be given the Grade A?

Here’s the reason. The classification of Indian cities follows a ranking system put in place by the Government of India for purposes of allocation of House Rent Allowance to public servants employed in different cities of the country. House Rent Allowance is also a measure for Indian Revenue Service to offer Income Tax Exemptions. Cities are also alphabetically classified on the basis of their population, as recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission back in 2008.

Prior to Sixth Central Pay Commission, classification of cities happened along two parameters — Compensatory City Allowance and House Rent Allowance, both being subdivided into further categories. This classification was initially based on the recommendations of the Fifth Central Pay Commission in 1997. As such Chennai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai got classified as A-1 cities. Cities status later got revised through results of 2001 Census of India when Hyderabad and Bangalore were accorded A1 status in 2007.

With nomenclatures like ‘Orange City’ and ‘Tiger Capital’ Nagpur is literally located in the center of the country with the Zero Mile marker affixed as the geographical center of India. A survey undertaken by a media-house sometime back informed us that Nagpur is the best city in India in terms of greenery, public transport, health care facilities and livability. These are not tall claims as Nagpur also has a top literacy rate – 93.13% among cities with over 20 lakh population! So someone must have done the math right!

This new gradation hopefully will bring in more funds being made available for the city’s development. Salaries of government servants will rise due to the commensurate rise in dearness and other allowances in line with a Class-A city. Rated as a great city to live in, this fact being verified by the increasing numbers of government employees always keen on retiring here, it is true that the city offers great capabilities for growth. It is an important area of concentration for both State and Central Governments to aid its complete development. Nagpur is the seat of the annual winter session of the Maharashtra state assembly – Vidhan Sabha. It remains a major commercial and political center.

Center of India

Zero Mile Marker , Nagpur