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Doctors allay fears over swine flu
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 SILCHAR, March 18 – There is no need to panic when a person is tested positive for the H1N1 virus popularly known swine flu. Identifying the early signs of the flu and getting appropriate treatment play a role in controlling the spread of the disease to a large extent, said veteran physician Dr Satya Ranjan Bhattacharjee.

Speaking at the health awareness programme organised by the Students Health Centre of Radha Madhav College here on Wednesday, Dr Bhattacharjee said frequent protective measures like proper hand washing and maintaining personal hygiene will help prevent the spread of the virus. “Signs like lethargy, running nose, lack of appetite, persistent vomiting, severe body pain and high temperature should ring alarm bells. Those suffering with any of these symptoms should seek medical help immediately,” suggested Dr Bhattacharjee.

Another veteran physician Dr Chinmoy Choudhury, president of the Cachar Cancer Hospital said that with the advancement of medical science, cancer is curable. Dr Gautam Dey, Senior Medical and Health Officer at Silchar Medical College and Hospital also spoke on the occasion. Dr JC Mazumder, president of the college governing body pointed out the need for proper check up of people coming from outside Silchar and said that the airport and railway stations should have health check up units to examine the passengers coming into the city.

Dr Pranay Ranjan Deb, the principal of the college said that since majority of the students of the college are from the sub-urban places such awareness camps help them to learn the ways to keep the diseases at bay. Dr Ashima Roy, convenor of the Students Health Care Centre formed in 2003 has been organising such programmes for the benefit of the students. Also, a newsletter of the centre Sachetanata was also released on the occasion.

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