Supreme Court judges infected with swine flu (H1N1), Health Ministry rushes to help

New Delhi: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, in a press communication, stated that five Supreme Court judges have been infected by swine flu. However, Justice DY Chandrachud had stated earlier that six Supreme Court judges have been infected.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare shared that five judges of the Supreme Court of India have been affected by swine flu which is caused by the H1N1 virus. In order to curb the situation in the apex court, preventive measures were undertaken by the Ministry.

The First Aid Post (FAP) of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) was strengthened at the Supreme Court premises. All the judges were provided treatment as per the protocol. Prophylactic treatment was also given to all who have come in contact with them including their family members. All five judges were kept in home isolation, the Ministry stated.

Of these, three Judges have already resumed their duty and two continue to be under home isolation/observation and are recovering, the Ministry stated.

The courtrooms and residences are also being sanitised. Awareness regarding preventive measures was disseminated to all concerned. An H1N1 sensitization workshop for lawyers and other staff members will also be conducted by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare at the Bar Council of India office tomorrow.

The Ministry elaborated that although H1N1 is a seasonal infection which usually occurs every year with two peaks, one in January to March and other between July to September, everyone is requested to take preventive measures such as covering the nose and mouth with a tissue or handkerchief while coughing or sneezing; washing hands often with soap and water; avoiding crowded places; avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth; staying away from crowded places in case of cough or cold; drinking plenty of water, and sleeping well.

In case of any symptoms, the nearest public health facility may be contacted immediately, the Ministry stated.

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