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Swine flu: No need to panic, monitoring the situation, says Health Minister

Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Friday sought to allay the apprehension about the swine flu, saying there was no need to panic, even as two fresh cases of the disease were reported in the national capital.

“I am regularly monitoring this subject, and from time to time talking to the Health Secretary and have also reviewed our preparedness. Our hospitals and doctors are ready to deal with the situation.
At the same time, I would like to say that there is no need to panic,” Nadda said.

Two women, aged 35 and 53, residents of C R Park and Chattarpur, have tested positive for H1N1 (swine flu) virus, according to the officials from the health department of Delhi government.

“The 35-year-old woman is admitted to a private hospital in Kalkaji while the 53-year-old is admitted to Fortis in Vasant Kunj,” said Charan Singh, additional director (Public Health).

One case of swine flu was reported on Thursday also. Delhi Health Secretary SCL Das also reviewed situation today and held a stock taking meeting with all the designated hospitals.

“This year the incidence is mild and the form is non virulent. In 2013, there were 1,511 H1N1 cases and 16 deaths. All 22 designated hospitals to treat patients are fully prepared and the Directorate of Health Services has reviewed the stock of Tamiflu capsules (for adults) and syrups (for children) and found them to be enough,” Das said.
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