25 Feb,New Delhi
Government of India Wednesday assured the Rajya Sabha that there is no need to panic, as the drugs to contain Swine Flu are in abundance.
Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda said the government is very much concerned to deal with the situation arising out of the H1N1 virus.
Replying to clarifications sought by Members on his statement yesterday on the issue, Nadda said that there is no need to go to private hospitals for treatment, as drugs are available in government hospitals along with free laboratory facilities. He said the Health Secretary is in touch with health authorities of the H1N1-hit states through video conferencing on a weekly basis.
Earlier, several opposition members had criticised the government for its failure to take preventive measures to contain Swine Flu, especially in the rural areas. They said the laboratories are charging huge amount for the blood tests.
Basavaraj Patil of the BJP said that the drugs for the virus are not available in government hospitals, particularly in rural areas, which is the main cause of concern. Anand Bhaskar Rapolu of the Congress alleged that the government is not promoting the Indian medicines like Ayurveda, Homoeopathy and Unani to treat the patients of the virus.
Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party suggested the setting up of a committee of doctors to analyse any medical related situation in advance. K C Tyagi of JD(U) alleged that private hospitals are charging hefty amounts for treating Swine Flu patients.
He said masks for prevention of the virus are not adequately available in the market. Naresh Kashyap of the BSP wanted to know whether the government will moot any plan to provide medicines and treatment free of cost.
Meanwhile , in Maharashtra, nine more deaths were reported Wednesday due to swine flu, taking the number of disease-related deaths in the state to 112.
In a press release, the state health department has said that among the deceased, two were from Nagpur district and one each from Pune, Nasik, Latur, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Thane and Palghar.
The release also said that a total of 166 new cases of swine flu were reported today, taking the total number of cases registered in the state to 1221 since January this year.
It further informed that there are around 366 patients who are being treated at various hospitals across the state among them 46 patients are currently on ventilator support. Till today total 698 people have been discharged after appropriate treatment and recovery.
In order to control the spread of H1N1 virus, the state health department has made all necessary arrangements and stock of Preventive vaccines and medicines of swine flu in all civic hospitals across the state. General public has been informed to seek medical treatment immediately in case of prolong illness, throat infection, Cough and cold.