Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Government Thursday told the state Legislative Assembly that swine flu patients in the state are being provided medical help and treatment free of cost.
"The spread of swine flu in 22 states has taken shape of a natural calamity. We are providing all medical help and treatment free of cost to patients of H1N1 virus in all districts of the state," State Health Minister Narottam Mishra told the Assembly in response to an adjournment motion brought by opposition Congress.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state Chief Secretary Anthony DeSa and top health officials are keeping a tab on the steps being taken to control the spread of swine flu and there was enough stock of medicine and kits to treat the patients, Mishra added.
The adjournment motion was brought by the Congress members Dr Govind Singh, Arif Aqueel and Ramniwas Rawat. Replying to it, Mishra said the Centre has capped prices of swine flu diagnostic tests at a maximum of Rs 4,500.
"However, no money was being charged for such tests in Madhya Pradesh," he said.
The medical screening of patients was being carried out at 71 centres in the state, whereas the swab test was being carried out at High Security Laboratories (HSB) at Jabalpur and Gwalior, he said adding that the state government has plans to set up HSB in Bhopal and Indore.
Ealier, Congress member Govind Singh said, "After dengue, swine flu has turned into an epidemic, as the health facilities have totally collapsed in the state."
He also sought the resignation of Health Minister for the state government's "failure" over the issue.
At least 81 persons have died of swine flu in the state since January 1.