If need arises special team will be deputed: Union Health Minister

KL Report

SRINAGAR

With deadly swine flu spreading fast in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Health Minister JP Nadda Friday said that government of India was closely monitoring the swine flu situation in the state.

In a brief chat with Kashmir News Service (KNS) Union Health Minister JP Nadda said that the centre would extend all possible assistance to the Jammu and Kashmir. “We are closely monitoring the swine flu situation in Jammu and Kashmir. If need arises a central team will be sent soon to the state. There is no shortage of medicines and people should not panic,” he said.

“Government of India has directed the state government to keep the hospitals equipped with isolation wards and make sure the availability of the adequate medicines. I appeal to the people of Jammu and Kashmir that they should arrive at hospitals immediately if they suspect any symptom of swine flu. There is no need to panic but people should remain alert,” the Minister said.

Meanwhile, according to the sources the state government has constituted a high level team which will assess the situation here arising out of the spread of swine flu, which according to official reports has so far claimed four lives.

Sources said that the team will visit SKIMS hospital, the nodal centre for dealing with swine flu cases. “The team which is coming on the directions of Governor NN Vohra will gather first hand details of patients undergoing treatment, and will inspect the isolation wards of the hospital. It will also monitor the facilities available at the hospitals,” sources said and added that latter the team will submit the report to the Raj Bahawan.

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