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Swine flu: 926 & climbing, min urges caution, not panic

Swine flu: 926 & climbing, min urges caution, not panic
Responding to members' concerns in Rajya Sabha over the spread of the H1N1 virus which has so far led to the death of over 926 people across the country, the minister said the government was taking it with all seriousness and would leave no stone unturned to tackle it.

Nadda said there was no shortage of medicines and swine flu-testing facilities were being provided free of cost at specified government hospitals. “No stone has been left unturned as far as seriousness is concerned and all efforts have been made. I assure the House and the members that there is no shortage of medicines. There is no need to panic, but we have to be alert,” Nadda told the Upper House while replying to a discussion on the issue. On vaccination, he said experts have opined that it does not provide 100 per cent protection and questions are being raised on its efficacy too.

“I want to assure the House that the inputs given by you will be discussed at the review meeting today. Keeping in mind the sentiments of the House, I will take efforts in all possible ability at my command,” Nadda said.

Meanwhile hearing a petition seeking directions to make tests for swine flu available at an affordable cost, the Delhi High Court Wednesday sought response from the central and city governments on the steps taken to deal with the viral disease.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw issued notice to the union health minister, the city’s health ministry, civic bodies and the lt. governor on the issue and sought their response by March 4.

HC notice to Nadda on plea seeking probe into AIIMS graft

The Delhi high court on Wednesday issued notice to Union Health Minister J P Nadda on a PIL seeking CBI inquiry into various cases of alleged irregularities and corruption in AIIMS raised by then chief vigilance officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and justice R S Endlaw also issued notice to ministry of health and family welfare, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) and Chaturvedi, seeking their response within four weeks.

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