With the swine flu on its rise in various cities, as the number of patients succumbed to this deadly virus, there is a dire need to follow national guidelines in conducting the required tests. Also, doctors playing an important role in early diagnosis and identification of swine flu. Maharashtra has registered the highest number of swine flu cases and deaths this year.
Looking into the increase in the cases Metropolis Healthcare â€“ accredited to conduct Swine Flu test by National Accreditation Board for Laboratories (NABL) is offering tests for Rs 4000 across its centres. Only selected labs in India are authorised to carry out the Swine Flu test in the laboratory, as this requires specialised testing backed by high end technology and special sample collection requirements.
Dr Nilesh Shah, Group President, Scientific Services and Operations said, â€œWe are happy to announce the price slash for the benefit of our customers. We have observed a surge in swine flu testing in the past month and it indicates panic. If people observe severe flu like symptoms, they should visit a doctor immediately and take proper medical advice. Pregnant women, children, diabetics, people with weakened immune system and elderly are at high risk and should take extra care. I would like to reiterate that laboratory testing is done only based on a doctorâ€™s prescription. We are thoroughly following the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) guidelines. In Mumbai alone we are testing about 25 samples a day and 3 in 10 samples are returning positiveâ€.
Swine Flu is caused by one or several types of influenza virus strains. The disease is infectious and spreads through person to person or if a person comes in contact with an infected surface. Symptoms such like if you have continuous fever, accompanied with dry cough, chest discomfort and fatigue contact your doctor immediately. Get a medicinal prescription and if your doctor has advised for a test and go to an authorised center for testing within 24 hours. Swine flu testing is done using real time PCR technique.Â BMC’s helpline number 022-24114000 from 9 am to 9 pm for information on swine flu.