Lakshma vows preventive steps to check Swine Flu

Hyderabad: Health Minister C. Lakshma Reddy said that steps were being taken by the State government to create awareness among the people regarding the preventive measures to combat Swine Flu and other seasonal diseases in the State.

Replying to a question in this regard in the State Assembly on Friday, the minister said that in the wake of Swine Flu cases being reported in the State, especially in the city, the government has initiated special measures in Gandhi and NIMS Hospitals by creating special wards for treating the affected patients. Even special equipment and other medical kits needed for combating Swine Flu were acquired and made available in the hospitals, he said.

To a question by Congress member Geetha Reddy, G. Chinna Reddy and others, the Health Minister replied in affirmative that during January 2017 around 50 Swine Flu cases were registered in various hospitals in the city, of which five patients had lost their lives. He also agreed that seasonally cases of influenza are also being reported.

Regarding the preventive steps being taken up by the government, the minister said free diagnosis and medicines were being provided, isolation have been created in hospitals besides strengthening of critical care facilities, sufficient quantities of medicines and diagnostic kits were made available, vaccination given to hospital and field staff and technicians.(NSS)

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