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Swine flu under control assures Health Minister

With around six cases of swine flu confirmed in the city so far,concerns about this ‘imported’ disease were raised in Delhi Assembly on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 17, 2009 1:33:06 am

With around six cases of swine flu confirmed in the city so far,concerns about this ‘imported’ disease were raised in Delhi Assembly on Tuesday.

The matter was raised during a discussion on the second day of the budget session by BJP MLA Sahib Singh Chauhan and Jagdish Mukhi. Health Minister Kiran Walia said the situation was under control and there was no need to panic.

Setting the record straight,Walia said all six cases were being treated in the city. Five patients had been cured and discharged.

“Only one patient is still testing positive for swine flu. The rest have been treated and are cured,” she said.

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Of the six,Walia said five were infected outside the country. “One patient is an airport staff member who was possibly infected at the airport by a patient travelling from abroad,” she said.

“The WHO has called it a pandemic,but the situation in our city is thankfully under control,” she said,adding that the helpline set up by the government to get information about affected cases has received a great response.

“All cases have been reported through the helpline so far,” she said.

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Following queries on swine flu,referred to as an ‘imported’ disease in the Vidhan Sabha,and measures taken by the government to tackle a possible outbreak,Walia added that though Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital is the nodal hospital for treatment,patients could also be sent to Bara Hindu Rao Hospital,Safdarjung ESI hospital and Airport Hospital.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) is the nodal agency for conducting all tests.

“During the avian flu outbreak,there was much confusion over the exact numbers,which is why we have decided to keep the NICD as the nodal agency for tests,” she said.

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Walia added that all quarantining measures at the hospitals mentioned were taken care of.

BJP counters CM’s wish to take over MCD
After Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit raised the issue of inefficiency and incapability of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and reinforced her decision of taking the autonomous body under her wing to remove multiplicity of authority in the implementing developmental projects,leader of Opposition and BJP MLA Vijay Kumar Malhotra today countered the CM’s claims. Attacking the CM for her statement made after the Congress Legislative Party meeting about taking over the MCD,Malhotra said that the Lieutenant-Governor Tejindra Khanna made no such mention in his address to the House yesterday. “The CM made a statement outside the House which makes her efforts sound like a mere political gimmick,” Malhotra added.

Opposition criticises L-G speech
While the Opposition kept mum through the Lieutenant-Governor Tejindra Khanna’s address yesterday,BJP MLA and leader of the Opposition Vijay Kumar Malhotra today said the L-G’s speech about the government’s achievements was questionable. “There was no mention of any new infrastructural and developmental efforts and all old projects were merely rehashed,” said Malhotra. The BJP also held a march outside Delhi Assembly on Tuesday to protest against scarcity of water and power in the Capital. “More than 60 per cent of Delhi is facing severe scarcity of water,” said Om Prakash Kohli.

12 lakh cases pending in courts
Replying to a question put up in the House by Tughlaqabad MLA Ramesh Bidhuri,Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Mangat Ram Singhal said about 12 lakh cases are pending in lower courts and the High Court in Delhi. Out of these about 66,348 major cases are pending in the High Court and 79,6940 criminal cases and about 1,30,645 civil cases are pending in the lower courts. About 2,95,281 cases pertaining to traffic and transport issues are pending in the lower courts,the minister informed. Singhal said the government has set up fast-track courts,and separate courts to resolve cases involving agencies like the CBI.

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First published on: 17-06-2009 at 01:33:06 am

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