Azad reviews swine flu situation
With a resurgence in cases of swine flu this monsoon, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today reviewed the situation in various states and asked them to ensure vaccination of people at risk.
New Delhi: With a resurgence in cases of
swine flu this monsoon, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad
today reviewed the situation in various states and asked them
to ensure vaccination of people at risk.
Azad held a meeting with Health Secretary Sujatha Rao,
ICMR Director General V M Katoch, Director General of Health
Services R K Srivastava and Drug Controller General of India
He also spoke with the Chief Ministers of Gujarat,
Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Orissa and
The Union Health Minister asked them to review the
situation and told them that the vaccines which have been
sent to them should be utilised properly, official sources
said. He assured them that the Centre is willing to send
them whatever assistance is required.
Azad also asked the DGCI to ensure that private companies
keep the vaccines adequately available in the market.
The deadly swine flu seems to have made a comeback with a
vengeance in the country with a whopping 83 deaths due to the
disease being reported in the week ending August 8.
Maharashtra reported the maximum number of 51 deaths,
12 were reported from Karnataka and 6 from Andhra Pradesh.
Seven deaths were reported from Gujarat and one each from
West Bengal, Goa and Uttar Pradesh.
Till date, samples from 1,54,259 people have been
tested for influenza A H1N1 in government laboratories and a
few private laboratories across the country and 36,240 (23.4
per cent) of them have been found positive.
All the 942 cases reported during the week are indigenous