Soon after taking charge, Health Minister Satyender Jain on Saturday held an emergency review meeting with officials on rising cases of swine flu in the capital. He directed them to take steps to check the spread of the virus.
“As the number of swine flu cases are on the rise, the government is concerned. Today, we held a meeting with department officials and instructed them to take steps like distributing pamphlets of dos and don’ts in schools, offices and colleges.
Swine flu is a self-limiting disease, so the idea is to spread as much awareness as possible to make people vigilant and remain alert,” Jain said.
He stressed that steps would be taken in hospitals to rectify the “flaws” in managing the disease, which he said he had noticed during his 49-day tenure as health minister in the previous AAP government.
While assuming charge, Jain said it was his 50th working day — and not his first day in office. “I don’t consider it to be my first day in office, it is my 50th working day as we had resigned after being in government for 49 days,” said Jain, who has been given portfolios of power, health, industries, gurudwara management, irrigation and flood control and Public Works Department.
With over 1,300 cases and six deaths this year from swine flu, Delhi has seen a spike in cases in the last three months.