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Swine Flu claims more than 800 lives

India Blooms News Service | 24 Feb 2015, 08:08 pm
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IBNS): More than 800 people people have died across India as a result of the deadly swine flu.

The H1N1 virus has affected over 14000 people  over the last two months as the disease continued to sweep through the country.

Meanwhile, the Central Government is monitoring the Influenza A H1N1 situation and remains in regular touch with the affected State Governments. 

While declaring the Influenza A H1N1 pandemic to be over in August, 2010, WHO had conveyed that the pandemic virus would continue to circulate as seasonal influenza virus for some years to come.

For combating outbreak of Influenza A H1N1, the States have been provided guidelines on screening, risk categorization of patients, clinical case management and ventilator management. 

To guide and assist the State Governments, teams from Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry are sent as per need.  The Central Government is also assisting the State Governments by providing logistic support for drug, masks and Personal Protective Equipments,  Health Minister J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here on Tuesday.

"The Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme regularly collects data on outbreaks of communicable diseases including Influenza A H1N1 from different parts of the country.  This data is monitored and analyzed to facilitate quick response to contain outbreaks," the reply stated. 

"In addition to the guidelines for combating Influenza A H1N1 already provided to the State Governments, the Central Government has also established a network of laboratories equipped to test the virus.  Emergency stock of Oseltamivir drug, N-95 masks and Personal Protective Equipment is also being maintained. A Committee under the Director General of Health Services regularly monitors the situation.  There is no delay in taking steps to contain and respond to outbreak," it added.

Swine Flu claims more than 800 lives

India Blooms News Service
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