Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Amid concerns over a new wave of pneumonia in China, Odisha is also witnessing a sudden spike in flu cases. As per the symptoms of the viral disease, cough and cold are continuing for a long time despite regular medication. The situation has left many alarmed. 

Take the case of Balasore government hospital. The Outpatient Department (OPD) of the hospital has been witnessing a huge rush of patients suffering from flu over the last few weeks. Most of the patients, suffering from cold, cough and sneezing are waiting in long queues to consult the doctors. Most of the patients reported that they are not getting cured of cold and cough despite taking medicines on a regular basis.

“I have been taking regular medicines for the last 15 days. However, the cough and cold are still persisting which is a matter of concern,” said Binati Tarai, a patient.

“My sister has been suffering from a severe cough and cold for the last week. Despite taking regular medicines, she is showing no signs of improvement,” said Gopal Chandra Maiti, a relative of a patient.

As per reports, the situation is more or less the same in various parts of the State.

Nearly 48 months after an influenza-like illness was reported from China’s Wuhan that snowballed into the Covid-19 pandemic months later, the country has reported an outbreak of influenza-like illness mostly among children in recent times. The outbreak which has made the Chinese hospitals overwhelmed with sick children has alarmed people across the globe.

Meanwhile, health experts in Odisha have advised caution against the spread of influenza in the State. However, they have suggested people not to press the panic button and take precautionary measures to keep the viral disease at bay.

“We are expecting that by the end of this month or in the beginning of January, there will be a wave of influenza in the State. We are prepared for any kind of exigencies. However, for the time being, I don’t think there is anything to be scared of. Eligible people should get vaccinated for influenza. Those who are suffering from cough and cold should use masks while coming outside,” said health expert Niroj Mishra.

“The situation is not alarming right now. However, as per the guidelines of the government, we have increased the surveillance and testing. We have also made sure that the medicines, equipment, and logistics for treatment are in place. If required we will make special arrangements to provide ICU facilities for the patients,” said Health Director Bijay Mohapatra.