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Swine-flu Update: Centre rushes medicines, testing kits, medical team to Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Gandhi Hospital staff wear masks to avoid contracting swine flu in Hyderabad, on Jan 21, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

Hyderabad, Jan 21: The Centre, following the Telangana state government’s appeal, has rushed swine flu medicines, diagnostic kits and a high-level medical team to Hyderabad on Wednesday evening.

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhara Rao had telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the morning seeking help and immediate action amid rising cases of death due to swine flu in the state, which stand at five this month and 50 reported cases so far this year.

After holding a series of review meetings with health officials and an emergency cabinet meeting, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday evening told reporters that the situation was totally under control and there was no need for panic but said the administration should be alert to tackle the situation.

Besides the central government’s high-level medical team to review the situation, 50,000 Tami-flu tablets, 10,000 bottles of syrup and testing kits have been despatched this evening.

Telangana Health Secretary Suresh Chanda has rushed to New Delhi to brief the union health ministry. KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, voiced unhappiness over the performance of the health department. He felt that health authorities remained unmoved despite the increasing number of cases.

Declaring an all out war on swine flu, he said the virus has so far claimed 19 lives in the state. He, however, said there was no need for panic as people can prevent it by keeping their surroundings clean and also by focusing on personal hygiene.

The chief minister said those having swine flu symptoms should immediately approach the nearest hospital and should avoid moving in public places to prevent its spread.

As the cold weather conditions are likely to continue for 20 more days, KCR said there was a need for the authorities to remain on alert to check the spread of H1N1 virus and create public awareness on the preventive measures.

The chief minister constituted a high-level committee comprising health secretary, director of medical education, director of health and other officials to monitor the situation.

KCR appointed one senior IAS official as the nodal officer for each district to review the situation. Five officials have been appointed for Greater Hyderabad.

He directed officials to make medicines available at government-run hospitals in all districts. Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) will set up a laboratory in each district for testing the blood samples.

Government-run Gandhi, Osmania, Niloufer and Fever hospitals in Hyderabad already have isolation wards and they will be further strengthened.

The government also decided to bring treatment of swine flu under Arogyasri scheme, under which poor are provided free medical services. The chief minister also appealed to corporate hospitals to provide free treatment to the affected.(IANS)


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