State machinery blamed for Swine Flu

  • Officials failed to prevent spread of HINI virus
  • Central medical team reports to CM
  • Junior doctor got vaccinated at private hospitals

Hyderabad, January 23: The three-member central medical team blamed the state administration in failing to take the required preventive measures to contain the spread of the deadly Swine Flu virus in Telangana State, especially in Hyderabad City where the maximum cases were reported.

The central medical team consisting of Shashi Khare, Additional Director of National Centre for Disease Control; Ashok Kumar, Additional Director-General of Health,  and Pradeep Khasnobis, Programme Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme,  are here since yesterday on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi following an SOS sent by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for urgent central assistance in the wake of an alarming situation created by the increasing cases of Swine Flu.

The expert team has been visiting various hospitals in Hyderabad including Gandhi and Osmania Hospitals and also some in the districts to make an on the spot study and assess for themselves the situation and also the preventive measures being taken to contain the deadly virus.

After their two day fact finding mission, the central team called on Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao at his camp office this evening and brought to  his notice their findings. Deputy Chief Minister T. Rajaiah, who is also holding the medical and health portfolio, senior officers of the medical and health department were present. During their brief to the Chief Minister, the central team reportedly held the state administration, medical and health department officials in particular, for utterly failing to take necessary precautionary measures to check the spread of the deadly H1N1 virus.

The central team which was appalled over the hygienic conditions prevailing in Gandhi Hospital during their visit on Thursday, again brought it to the notice of the Chief Minister and also expressed dissatisfaction over the casual manner in which the medical and health department officials had treated the situation when panic-stricken patients rushed to the hospitals complaining about suspected Swine Flu symptoms. The very fact that some junior doctors reportedly got vaccinated in private hospitals on detecting symptoms amply proved that the hospitals were not stocked with the required medicines and vaccines, the central team members seemed to have opined. (NSS)

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