Health secretary asks dept to keep swine flu medicines ready

Earlier, the director health services had asked the drug controller to ensure that there is sufficient stock of swine flu medicines.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:October 24, 2015 3:01 am

The UT health secretary has asked the health department to ensure that sufficient stock of medicines is available in the market, in case of the swine flu outbreak in the city.

“I have issued directions to the health department to ensure that there is enough stock of vaccines available in the market, in case of any swine flue outbreak in the city,”Anurag Agarwal, secretary, health, said.

Earlier, the director health services had asked the drug controller to ensure that there is sufficient stock of swine flu medicines.

The health department has already held two meetings in this month to review the swine flue preparedness.

The health officials said the guidelines from the health ministry on the swine flue has been sent to the city hospitals.

“We are prepared to tackle swine flu. We have sent the directions to the city hospitals so that they can remain prepared,”said Dr Anil Garg, nodal officer for national vector borne diseases control programme and state surveillance officer.

“At the moment, no case is there, but we expect cases in the future.” Garg said this time the drugs will be made available in the private shops. “Earlier the government would provide the vaccines to the private chemists, but this time they will also keep the medicines.”

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