Akhilesh Yadav requests media not to create panic over swine flu

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said the state government has taken all the necessary measures to check the spread of swine flu in the state and requested the media not to create panic over the disease.

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said the state government has taken all the necessary measures to check the spread of swine flu in the state and requested the media not to create panic over the disease.

"I request you not to create panic over swine flu. We have taken all necessary measures and even announced free treatment for those suffering from the disease," Yadav told reporters here.

When pointed out towards scarcity of the beds in government hospitals, Yadav said the number of beds will be increased soon.

14 people have died of swine flu in the state so far, even as the number of H1N1 virus patients has surged to 569 in the state, the maximum of 468 being reported in Lucknow.

The deadly virus has affected 21 districts. Eight deaths have been reported from Lucknow, two from Kanpur and one each from Saharanpur, Bareilly, Unnao and Badaun districts.

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