Chandigarh: Punjab Government on Friday
urged the Centre to approve two Government Medical Colleges in
the state as centres to combat any eventuality arising out of
the Influenza A H1N1 (Swine flu) in the state.
A meeting of the Health department presided over by
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today decided that the
state Government would soon approach the Union Health Ministry
to direct the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to
approve at least two government medical colleges of Amritsar
and Patiala as Swine flu test Centres.
An official spokesman said that Badal expressed
satisfaction over the preventive measures taken by the State
Health Department to face any crisis from the pandemic.
He, however, said that Punjab had been not allotted
any centre and rather attached to the PGI, Chandigarh for the
treatment of the patients inflicted with Swine Flu.
Justifying the need to have two centers exclusively
for Punjab, Badal said that it was not practically feasible
for PGI to cover the entire state in case of any exigency
related to swine flu.