Swine flu in India: Health Minister Nadda meets PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is believed to have been briefed by Health Minister J P Nadda Friday on the spurt of swine flu cases in the country after the the number of casualties due to the disease touched 485.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is believed to have been briefed by Health Minister J P Nadda Friday on the spurt of swine flu cases in the country after the the number of casualties due to the disease touched 485.
Although, there was no official word about what transpired in the meeting, sources said Nadda met Modi right after the Union Cabinet meeting in the morning at South Block to update and brief him about the swine flu situation.
"There was an appointment of the Health Minister with the Prime Minister right after the Cabinet," a source in the Health Ministry said.
The meeting comes after 6,298 cases have been reported all over the country from January 1 to February 12 which has claimed the lives of 485 people.
Gujarat has recorded the second highest number of deaths due to swine flu after Rajasthan. In Gujarat, 117 people have died of swine flu with the state reporting 1,233 cases while Rajasthan has seen the maximum 130 deaths with 1,631 cases.
Though a senior health ministry expressed ignorance about today's meeting, he said the health ministry sends its report on swine flu to the PMO on a daily basis.
"We keep them posted everyday. One report goes to PMO, sometimes we send it to cabinet secretariat. It is daily monitoring," he added.
It is worth mentioning that Nadda had recently visited Gujarat and reviewed the swine flu situation. He had held meeting with state Health Minister Nitin Patel and other top officials of the department and had expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the state government in tackling the disease.