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H1N1 vaccination only for health workers, not for public, says Centre

The number of swine flu cases across the country has crossed 10,000.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 19, 2015 2:44:44 am

The government on Wednesday came out with guidelines for vaccination against H1N1 virus, saying that it is advisable to innoculate only healthcare workers and not the general public, even as the swine flu death toll in the country reached 663.

General public have been advised to follow precautions and when a patient reaches the hospital he or she should be provided with the three-layered mask to prevent spread of the infection. The number of swine flu cases across the country has crossed 10,000.

Chairing a meeting on H1N1 influenza, Union Health Secretary B P Sharma asserted that there was no dearth of drugs or other medical equipment in the country to fight the H1N1 influenza virus. He also held a video conference review with officials in the affected states.

Medical Superintendents of hospitals said they have adequate medicines required to deal with the situation.

A new H1N1 OPD ward has stared functioning at Dr RML Hospital here. A new testing facility has also been set up at AIIMS.  A 24X7 Monitoring Cell is in operation at the National Centre for Disease Control.

Teams of experts from the Health Ministry have visited states of Telangana, Gujarat and Rajasthan to extend technical support. Two such teams were being sent to Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

In order to ensure availability of medicines, the list of retail outlets/wholesellers under Schedule-X license has been put on the Ministry’s website http://www.mohfw.nic.in. The Health Secretary is going to have a meeting with the manufacturers of medicines and vaccines on Thursday. States have been asked to ensure that private providers do not over-charge people who are getting tests conducted at private facilities.

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