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Nadda asks Centre, State Govts to be prepared to tackle H1N1

Taking cognisance of recent cases of swine flu in the national capital, Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Monday directed the officials of central and state governments to pull up their socks to put a check on the spread of H1N1 virus cases. While chairing a high-level meeting, Nadda told officials to stock up on necessary armamentarium to tackle cases of swine flu and also reassured states that there was no need to panic.

Nadda, during the meet to review the preparedness and action taken to deal with H1N1 flu virus cases, directed officials to ensure that states have adequate quantity of personal protective equipment for health care workers as well as necessary diagnostic facilities. 

“The health minister stated that while there is no cause to panic, the central and state governments should be well prepared. He directed the central and states government to stock up on emergency requirements of medicine Oseltamivir, even though the centre and states have procured the same for their respective use,” a health official, who was present in the meeting, said.

“The health minister emphasised on the states having adequate quantity of personal protective equipment for health care workers as also diagnostic facilities required for testing H1N1 samples should be ensured,” the official further stated.

Senior officials of health and family welfare department, health research, AIIMS, Safdurjung hospital, RML hospital, NCDC and officials of governments of Delhi and Ghaziabad were present during the meeting. “The health minister has advised that the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) network should continue comprehensive and prompt reporting so that the districts or states requiring more attention can be identified,” a statement released from the ministry said.
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