Friday, 14 August, 2009

Panic pandemic

From Panic pandemic at Infochange. Please read the whole piece. It injects much-needed sanity to the reactions to the H1N1 scare.

As the pandemic influenza disperses throughout India, the media and the government health services have unwittingly collaborated to create and escalate public alarm. The beneficiaries will be private doctors and hospitals, which are known for irrational and profit-driven practices.

Virologists and epidemiologists have repeatedly emphasised that the H1N1/09 influenza virus causes a mild infection in the vast majority of people whom it infects, just like the seasonal influenza. The symptoms are the same. Also like seasonal influenza, the standard treatment is isolation, rest, lots of liquids, and medication for pain and fever if necessary. A small percentage of patients have complications such as pneumonia that require hospitalisation and, possibly, intensive care.

The overall case fatality rate from H1N1/09 is believed to be about 0.5%, about the same as that for the seasonal influenza virus. In Mexico, where the new virus was first noticed, and where the outbreak was severe, about 2% of all reported cases died.

Though seasonal influenza is not generally viewed with apprehension, it causes severe illness in 3 million to 5 million people every year worldwide. 250,000 to 500,000 die from complications of influenza – about 33,000 of these in the US. In temperate regions, epidemics of this influenza occur in the winter; in India the virus is most active during the monsoons.

While everyone is at risk of seasonal influenza (the virus keeps mutating so no one is completely immune to it), the very young, the elderly and those with chronic conditions that compromise their immunity are more likely to suffer severe illness. In the case of H1N1/09, the majority of people who have fallen severely ill are between the ages of 5 and 59. Older people may be protected because they were exposed to a similar virus in their childhood. Other groups at risk of flu complications are pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

The difference between seasonal influenza and H1N1/09 is that the new virus is much more infectious. “So the absolute number of people who get infected – and the number who die – will be much higher,” says Dr S Sridhar, Vadodara-based paediatrician and public health expert and member of the Medico Friend Circle, a group of health activists and analysts. Crowded living conditions and low immunity because of malnutrition are likely to add to the problem.

Please do read the whole piece here.

Swine Flu - A statement by The Health Awareness Centre, Mumbai

This came to us by email, and we assume that it's okay to reproduce it here. It's up to you to read, understand, check references and decide whether it's good sense or new age mumbo-jumbo.

Statement by The Health Awareness Centre, Mumbai.

Swine Flu : Here is what we know and what we can do

The Health Awareness Centre was started in 1989 to empower people to be healthy without medicine. We have taken time to formulate a statement as we wanted to not create heat but create light.

In the last month or so the media frenzy and government reports on swine flu has only added to the fear and panic associated with it. If we are to fight this so called pandemic we need to start by understanding what it is.


We have been told that Swine flu is a virus (H1N1) that is transmitted from pigs to humans causing flu like symptoms. The treatment for swine flu currently is Tamiflu (oseltamivir) or Relenza (Zanamivir). Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) is approved for treatment of uncomplicated influenza A and B in children 1 year of age or older. It is also approved for prevention of influenza in people 13 years or older. It’s part of a group of anti-influenza drugs called neuraminidase inhibitors, which work by blocking a viral enzyme that helps the influenza virus to invade cells in your respiratory tract. According to the Associated Press at least one financial analyst estimates up to $388 million worth of Tamiflu sales in the near future -- and that's without a pandemic outbreak. Tamiflu is loaded with side effects including death and can only reduce symptoms by 36 hours.

The first outbreak of swine flu was in 1918 (aftermath of WWI), followed by one in 1976, then in 1988, 1998, 2007 (minor episodes are always happening) and now in 2009. Since the first out break about 90 years ago there hasn’t been a single episode in which this disease was effectively managed by conventional medicine.

The current so called pandemic started in Mexico and from there spread to USA and widely beyond North America with confirmed cases in 122 countries by WHO.
WHO has declared that scientific evidence shows that restricting travel will have limited or no benefit in stopping the spread of the virus. WHO has emphasized quick response rather than halting growth and spread of the virus. And instead of a uniform global plan WHO has most countries banking on mass vaccination, with the release of the vaccine expected soon. Manufacturing of the vaccine had started even before the first case of swine flu had been registered with Pharma corporations applying for patent about a year before the first reported case.

In 1918 the death of one soldier triggered the government to order mass vaccination for the whole country of USA. When the vaccine was introduced during the 1976 swine flu epidemic it resulted in 25 deaths. Only one person died of the so called actual disease whereas 25 died of the vaccination and 500-600 were paralyzed (Guillian Barre syndrome) by the vaccine. The manufacturers had to pay $1.3 billion in compensation (do we have those benefits in our country?)


Every seed requires a soil to germinate. Similarly every virus requires an environment to become active. The swine flu virus is no exception. The virus like all other germs and viruses requires an acidic environment to become active.
We have seen that with every generation humans have become smarter and better. This is evolution. Every other organism too evolves. The new strain of the flu we see every year is only evolved strains of the same virus. And hence though we call them by different names e.g. common flu virus, bird flu virus, swine flu virus, H1N1they all produce the same set of symptoms. Vaccinating ourselves against a particular strain only seems to increase our immunity against that specific virus while decreasing overall general immunity.

Each year time, money and resources are spent to develop a vaccine only to have a new ecologically evolved germ the nest year, unaffected by the previous vaccine.

Vaccinating ourselves against a particular strain only seems to increase our immunity against that specific strain of the virus (which in a year will evolve) while bringing down overall general immunity. Each year huge amounts of time money and resources are spent on developing these vaccines only to have a new ecologically evolved strain of the virus, against which the vaccine is ineffective.

To maintain health our body needs to perform 3 functions on a daily basis viz. cleaning, maintaining and repairing. To be able to do all 3 effectively our blood needs to be at a pH of 7.325. If we with our lifestyle make our blood acidic then body regains balance by throwing the acid out.

Moral of the story is its best to let our body handle its own defenses. Our body has been equipped with the most sensitive and efficient defense system. That is why as soon as our body realizes it is under a viral attack it produces large amounts of mucous to trap the virus at the entry point (respiratory system). It then expels this virus through coughing and sneezing. Fever is a hyperactive state of functioning. The body raises the temperature because at raised temperatures our metabolic activity is faster. High temperatures also curb the activity of the virus as it requires lowered temperatures to breed. We feel more sleepy and weak because our body does not want to waste precious energy in physical activity. The loss of appetite occurs because the body does not want to waste vital energy digesting foods that leave behind a toxic residue.

At this time it is important that we support the body by making sure our internal environment is not conducive for viral activation i.e.
We are alkaline and
We boost our immunity to be able to deal with anything that comes our way and
We have the energy to do so.

We can do this by
• Increasing the quantity of fruits, lemon and ginger. (helps in cleaning and giving energy).
• Reducing our cooked meals to only once or twice a day. (conserves energy)
• Avoid those that leave behind a toxic, acidic residue viz. grains, milk and milk products, sugar, fried foods and meat. (to maintain alkalinity)
• Use more herbs and spices. (to boost our immunity)

If we have already started showing symptoms of the flu rest physically and digestively, through the above ways.


For further information on swine flu you can visit.

Swine Flu Vaccine Makers to Profit $50 Billion a Year!!

Side effects of tamiflu (oseltamivir) or Relenza (Zanamivir) on

Legal immunity for swine flu vaccine manufacturers, Pharma corporations file for vaccine patent a year ahead of the first reported case

1918 swine flu vaccination debacle

Wednesday, 12 August, 2009

List of city hospitals that have been asked to test and treat Swine flu H1N1 virus

Government hospitals that test and treat Swine Flu

1) Kasturba Hospital
Sane Guruji Road
Jacob Circle
Opp Arthur Road Jail
Mahalaxmi, Mumbai-400011

Following hospitals are identified by the government as the facilities for Swine Flu testing

2) Sir JJ Hospital
J J Marg, Byculla,
Mumbai – 08
+91-22 23735555
+91-22 23739031
+91-22 23760943
+91-22 23768400
+91-22 23731144 / 5555
+91-22 23701393 / 1366

3) Haffkine Institute
Acharya Donde Marg,
Mumbai – 12
+91-22 24160947
+91-22 24160961
+91-22 24160962

(Helpline: 108)

List for other cities also available at the same link.

Mumbai pvt hospitals identified to treat Swine Flu

The government on Tuesday, Aug 11 took the decision to accredit private operators. However, these hospitals will only be ready to treat the patients after about a week's time.

The list of hospitals in Mumbai that are identified by the authorities are:

1) Jaslok Hospital
15 - Dr. Deshmukh Marg, Pedder Road,
Mumbai- 400 026.
Fax. No: +91-22-23520508

2) Bombay Hospital
12, Marine Lines,
Mumbai - 400 020
Fax No: +91-22-2080871

3) Breach Candy Hospital Trust
60 A, Bhulabhai Desai Road
Mumbai- 400026
Enquiry: +91-22-23667995
Emergency: +91-22-23667809
Appointments: +91-22-23667800

4) Hinduja Hospital
+91-22-2445 2575

5) Saifee Hospital
15/17, Maharshi Karve Marg
Mumbai 400 004
+91-22-6757 0111
Fax: +91-22-6757 0777

6) Prince Aly Khan Hospital
Aga Hall
Nesbit Road, Mazagaon
Mumbai-400 010
+91 22 23777800/900

7) Hurkisondas Hospital
Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road
Padmashree Gordhanbapa Chowk Road
Prathna Samaj
Mumbai -04

8) Lilavati Hospital
A - 791, Bandra Reclamation,
Bandra (W), Mumbai - 400 050
+91-22-2642 1111
+91-22-2655 2222

9) Nanavati Hospital
S.V. Road, Vile Parle (West),
Mumbai 400 056
Emergency: +91-22-2626 7500

10) Asian Heart Hospital
Bandra Kurla Complex
+91-22-6698 6666
Fax No: +91-22-6698 6506

11) Holy Family Hospital
St. Andrew's Road
Bandra (West)
Mumbai 400 050

12) Holy Spirit Hospital
Mahakali Caves Road,
Andheri East, Mumbai -400 093
Enquiry: +91-22-2824 8500
(Extn: 404)

13) Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital
Rao Saheb Achutrao Patwardhan Marg,
Four Bunglows, Andheri (West)
Mumbai - 400053
Emergency: +91-22-3066 6666
Fax:+91-22-3068 0333

14) Brahmakumari Hospital
S V Road, Opp. Andheri Railway Station
Andheri (W), Mumbai - 400 058. INDIA
Fax : +91-22-26715000

15) Sushrusha Hospital
B Ranade Road Dadar (W)
Dadar, Mumbai - 400028.

16) Guru Nanak Hospital
S-341, Gandhi Nagar, Bandra (East),
Mumbai - 400 051
+91-22-26592853 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7
Fax: +91-22-26592862

17) Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, Powai
Hill Side Avenue,
Hiranandani Gardens Powai,
Mumbai - 400 076,
+91 22 25763300 / 33
Fax : +91 22 25763311 / 44

18) Wockhardt Hospital
Mulund Goregaon Link Road
Mulund West
+91-22 67994444

19) Inlaks Hospital Road
Chembur Colony,
Mumbai-400 074.
+91-22- 25204160/ 61 / 62 / 63 / 64.
Fax No. : +91-22- 25204141

These hospitals will start services after a team of state and civic officials give their approval. They are expected to follow the testing and treatment guidelines provided by the Health Ministry.

Thursday, 6 August, 2009

Government-authorised hospitals for the treatment of H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) in India

Symptoms: cough, headache, fever, bodyache, fatigue, chills, nausea, sore throat, vomitting, diarrhea.

City Hospital Address Contact
Chennai King Institute of Preventive Medicine (24/7 Service) Guindy, Chennai – 32 (044) 22501520, 22501521 & 22501522
Communicable Diseases Hospital Thondiarpet, Chennai (044) 25912686/87/88, 9444459543
Government General Hospital Opp. Central Railway Station, Chennai – 03 (044) 25305000, 25305723, 25305721, 25330300
Pune Naidu Hospital Nr Le'Meridian, Raja Bahadur Mill, GPO, Pune– 01 (020) 26058243
National Institute of Virology 20A Ambedkar Road, Pune– 11 (020) 26006290
Kolkata ID Hospital 57,Beliaghata, Beliaghata Road, Kolkata - 10‎ (033) 23701252
Coimbatore Government General Hospital Near Railway Station,
Trichy Road, Coimbatore– 18
(0422) 2301393, 2301394, 2301395, 2301396
Hyderabad Govt. General and Chest Diseases Hospital, Erragadda, Hyderabad (040) 23814939
Mumbai Kasturba Gandhi Hospital Arthur Road, N M Joshi Marg, Jacob Circle, Mumbai - 11 (022) 23083901, 23092458, 23004512
Sir J J Hospital J J Marg, Byculla, Mumbai - 08 (022) 23735555, 23739031, 23760943, 23768400 / 23731144 / 5555 / 23701393 / 1366
Haffkine Institute Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai – 12 (022) 24160947, 24160961, 24160962
Kochi Government Medical College Gandhi Nagar P O, Kottayam - 08 (0481) 2597311,2597312
Government Medical College Vandanam P O, Allapuzha - 05 (0477) 2282015
Taluk Hospital Railway Station Road, Alwaye, Ernakulam (0484) 2624040 Sathyajit - 09847840051
Taluk Hospital Perumbavoor PO, Ernakulam 542 (0484) 2523138 Vipin - 09447305200
Gurgaon &
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Ansari Nagar, Aurobindo Marg Ring Road, New Delhi– 29 (011) 26594404, 26861698 Prof. R C Deka - 9868397464
National Institute for Communicable Diseases 22, Sham Nath Marg,
New Delhi – 54
(011) 23971272/060/344/524/449/326
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Kharak Singh Marg,
New Delhi – 01
(011) 23741640, 23741649, 23741639
Dr. N K Chaturvedi – 9811101704
Vallabhai Patel Chest Institute University Enclave, New Delhi- 07 (011) 27667102, 27667441, 27667667, 27666182
Bangalore Victoria Hospital K R Market, Kalasipalayam, Bangalore – 02 (080) 26703294 Dr. Gangadhar - 94480-49863
SDS Tuberculosis & Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases Hosur Road, Hombegowda Nagar, Bangalore – 29 (080) 26631923 Dr. Shivaraj - 99801-48780