Metropolis Healthcare cautions against self-medication for flu like symptoms

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Hyderbad, February, 2015: We are witnessing a surge in Swine Flu cases across India. Though contagious, there is no reason to panic if individuals visit a doctor as soon as they notice any symptoms that indicate Swine Flu infection.

Local civic bodies have taken the right measure to curb the spread of the disease by spreading awareness amongst masses.

Only few select labs in India are authorized to carry out the Swine Flu test in the laboratory, as this requires specialized testing backed by high end technology and special sample collection requirements. Chennai based, Lister Metropolis is one of the few authorized private laboratory in Tamil Nadu to perform this test.

Swine Flu is caused by one or several types of influenza virus strains. The disease is contagious and spreads through person to person or if a person comes in contact with an infected surface &thereafter touch their nose or mouth.

The symptoms are similar to seasonal flu like runny nose, sneezing, coughing, eye pain, sore throat and in some cases even nausea & vomiting as well. Hence it is important that patients take medical advice instead of self-medication.

Some tips that can help in preventing the spread of the disease

  • Washing hands thoroughly with soap or using a alcohol based sanitizer
  • While sneezing or coughing covering face with a clean tissue
  • Maintaining hygiene by using disinfectants in the living room & proper sanitation
  • Avoid touching mouth, nose, eyes from spreading the disease
  • Avoid contacting people, till you are fully recovered

Dr. Anita. Suryanarayan (Vice president, Operations, Lister Metropolis) says “Though we have seen a surge in number of people coming in for testing, there is no reason to panic. If people observe any alarming symptoms they should visit a doctor. Patients need to be warned against self-medication. It is important to get tested and start treatment at the earliest. Pregnant ladies, kids, diabetics, people with weakened immune system and elderly are at high risk and should take extra care”

At Metropolis, what we believe is what we say and what we say is what we do. Being empathetic to our customers and being committed to their needs is in our DNA. Metropolis has grown to harness a culture that is open, synergistic, progressive and scientific in nature.
We are the Pathology Specialists delivering over 15 million tests a year, catering to more than 10,000 Laboratories, Hospitals, Nursing homes and 2,00,000 Consultants. With 33 years of experience in delivering accurate reports, Metropolis has earned the reputation of being India's most respected and only multinational chain of diagnostic centres with presence in UAE, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius and Ghana. Driven to make a difference, our wide network includes 125 state-of-art Laboratories across India with over 800 collection centres, processing over 4500 varieties of tests and supported by an efficient team of more than 3500 people. Equipped with cutting edge technology, innovative work equipment, expansive logistics network and rigorous processes, Metropolis ensures and delivers precision and accuracy in every single test; each time, every time.
In the last 10 years, Metropolis has expanded into new service lines like Clinical Trials, Hospital Lab Management, Home Health Services, Preventive Health Check-ups and Corporate & Wellness Solutions. Metropolis is at the forefront in adopting cutting edge technologies and services that contribute new revenue streams and has positioned the company on the pedestal it is today.
Today, we are one of the few laboratories that has received the CAP (College of American Pathologists), accreditation, the global gold standard in Laboratory Accreditation. 12 of our laboratories in India has received the NABL Accreditation (National Accreditation Board for testing and Calibration Laboratories). In addition, the central laboratory in Mumbai also adheres to CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) program and also follows the guidelines laid by GCP and GLP. Our unit in South Africa is accredited by SANAS (South African National Accreditation System is the only accreditation body approved by South African Government).
Metropolis has been awarded numerous accolades like the ‘Best Diagnostic Company of the year’ by Modern Medicare in 2006 and ‘Best Diagnostic Company of the Year’ in 2010 by Frost & Sullivan. Metropolis was also bestowed with ‘Best IT Integration in Customer Service Management’ at the e-Health World Expo 2011. Metropolis was also honoured with the ‘Quality Brand Award’ by NEHRDO in 2012. Metropolis won the ‘CMO Asia Award’ for Best IT practices in Healthcare in 2012. Metropolis Healthcare also bagged the Emerging Companies Excellence Award in the Productive Employment category hosted by Yes Bank and Business Today.
Metropolis Healthcare is led by Ameera Shah, Managing Director & CEO. An International & National Award winners, she was conferred with ‘The Young entrepreneur of the Year Award’ by GE in 2006 and ‘The Young Achiever of the Year Award’ at the CMO Asia Awards in 2011. She was also the recipient of the prestigious ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ in 2011 organised by Entrepreneur India and Bloomberg. She has been honoured with ‘Women Leadership award’ at the World Women Leadership and Congress awards 2014. Recently she has been chosen as one of the most respected leaders under 40 years by Economic Times & Spencer Stuart (2014).
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