Following the steady rise in the number of swine flu cases, which crossed the 100 mark in the state on Sunday, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav ordered free treatment for such patients.
Reviewing preparations to deal with the disease, Akhilesh ordered that health department’s toll free number — 18001805145 — and the district level control room for swine flu be publicised among people. He added that camps be organised at all educational institutions to spread awareness and a separate ward be created at all hospitals for patients.
Currently, there are only two testing facilities for swine flu samples in the state — King George’s Medical University (KGMU) and Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) in Lucknow. The NDC lab in Delhi caters to the western districts of UP.
Akhilesh directed that all government medical colleges and institutions in Agra, Meerut, Jhansi, Gorakhpur, Ambedkar Nagar and Saifai in Etawah come up with plans to test samples at the earliest. He also directed KGMU and SGPGI to remain open during holidays so that swine flu reports can be processed much quicker.
Meanwhile, seven new cases of swine flu were reported from Lucknow on Sunday, taking the total number of cases in the state capital to 69. Six persons have died from the virus in the state — three in Lucknow and one each in Kanpur, Saharanpur and Bareilly.