Rawalpindi - The danger of Influenza A-H1N1 known as seasonal flu is dying down as the influx of seasonal flu patients has decreased in hospitals of the city.

District Health Officer (Prevention) Dr Abdul Jabbar said that 112 suspected patients of the seasonal flu were brought to different hospitals of the city from January till date whose blood samples were sent to National Institute of Health for confirmation. He said that most of the negative patients were discharged after proper treatment.

To a question, he said that 86 suspected patients were brought from within the city while 12 from Islamabad, the remaining from Jhelum, Attock, Chakwal and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The arrival of seasonal flu patients has dropped to zero patients per day in the last three to four days, however, at present, two suspected patients of influenza are admitted in the hospital and would be discharged after proper treatment, he added.

He said that people should take precautionary measures to avoid infection, adding that they should wash hands with soap, avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth as germs spread this way and try to avoid close contact with sick people.

He said that most of the epidemics broke out due to poor cleanliness arrangements and lethargy on the part of our people to keep the environment clean, safe and healthy. He further said that flu was not as devastating as the people assumed it, however; it could be overcome by taking proper care, preventive measures and keeping the environment clean in the household.

The provincial government and district health authority are monitoring the situation and hospitals have been directed to make all arrangements to provide best possible treatment facilities to the patients, he added.