Hospitals directed to alert Chennai corporation about patients with flu-like symptoms

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has directed all hospitals and laboratories within its borders to report cases of Influenza-like illness (ILI) to help them trace and test asymptomatic individuals for Covid-19 virus.

In an order issued by Gagandeep Singh Bedi, the first secretary of the commissioner of the GCC, hospitals were asked to share the names, addresses, mobile phone number and symptoms of these patients. Private hospitals will also share details about patients who are in home isolation, along with information on the date they tested positive for Covid-19, advice history on home isolation, etc.

With the recent rise in Covid-19 cases in Chennai, the civil body has taken various preventive and control measures to stop the spread of the virus in its borders. “Some private clinics/hospitals and general practitioners treat people with Covid-like symptoms and the GCC countries are not notified about it… (Some) positive cases of Covid-19 are being notified for home quarantine by private hospitals and they are not being notified.” Due to this, cases go unnoticed which leads to further spread of infection.”

The civil body noted that any refusal to comply with the company’s directive would attract business under the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act 1939 and the Chennai Municipal City Corporation (CCMC) Act 1919.

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Chennai, which recorded a total of 95 COVID cases on June 8, recorded as many as 306 cases on Sunday. Currently, the city has 1,696 active cases, including those in home isolation. In the last 24 hours, Tamil Nadu has reported 692 cases of Covid-19.

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