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States told to monitor drugs availability

States told to monitor drugs availability
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The move of the ministry, which is headed by health minister JP Nadda, is aimed at ensuring close monitoring on availability of the drugs, vaccines and diagnostic kits in the states.

The ministry through a letter written to all states and UTs on Saturday directed them to send the details including mobile numbers of designated officers deputed to monitor the cell. In a letter written by Drug Controller General of India GN Singh to drug controllers of all states and UTs, he directed them to display the description ‘Swine Flu Medicine Available Here’ in conspicuous manner in a prominent place in the respective shop.

In the letter, Singh has asked states to direct their inspectorate officers to conduct surveillance inspection in the chemist shops to ensure fair availability/distribution of the drug and provide the status to Health Ministry on regular basis.

“All the states/UT drug controllers have been requested to take necessary measures to ensure availability of the drugs, vaccines and diagnostic kits and concerned manufactures/importers have also been sensitised to take all necessary measures in this regard,” the letter said.

The Health Ministry figures till February 20 said that the death toll in Rajathan reached 206 while the number of affected persons were the highest 4,185. In Gujarat it stood at 186 while 2,637 persons have been affected by it. A total of 103 people have perished in Madhya Pradesh while 92 have died in Maharashtra. Telangana has reported 51 deaths while Karnataka has reported 33. Punjab and Haryana have reported 31 and 20 deaths respectively. Delhi has reported eight deaths.

Nine IPS trainees down with flu

The Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) here turned into a mini-hospital with scared IPS trainees and staff rushing to get swine flu vaccines after nine probationers and a child being tested positive for the H1N1 virus that has already left 51 dead in Telangana since January 1.

Authorities flew in a H1N1 expert from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and distributed masks along with anti-viral and homeopathic medicines to more than 1,000 people at the prestigious academy. Sources said the campus, where IPS probationers are trained, wore a scared look with 71 of the 168 trainees taking preventive vaccines and tablets.
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