Chandigarh: In response to escalating reports of respiratory illness, particularly among children in northern China, the Haryana government has issued directives urging civil surgeons to bolster surveillance on influenza-like illnesses (ILIs) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI).
The state’s director of health services has mandated civil surgeons to promptly report any unusual clustering of respiratory illnesses. This move comes in the wake of a proactive advisory from the Union Health Ministry, urging states to review and enhance their public health preparedness.
The directive emphasizes the need to ensure the availability of essential resources, including hospital beds, testing facilities, medical countermeasures, and infection control practices in health facilities. It underscores the implementation of operational guidelines aligned with the revised surveillance strategy, particularly in the context of COVID-19.
While the available information suggests no immediate cause for alarm in India, the Haryana health services director emphasizes the importance of reviewing public health and hospital preparedness. The government aims to stay ahead of potential challenges, aligning with the precautionary measures advised by the Centre.
This move follows a letter from the Government of India, highlighting a reported surge in respiratory illness among children in China in recent weeks. The directive to civil surgeons underscores the significance of strengthening ILI/SARI surveillance, aligning with the government’s directions.
The Haryana government remains vigilant, prioritizing the health and well-being of its residents in light of global health concerns. This proactive approach underscores the commitment to staying abreast of emerging health challenges and ensuring a robust response to safeguard public health.