Dispelling concerns about the surge in swine flu cases in the country,Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said his ministry has adopted a “multi-pronged strategy” to control the spread of the virus and there was no reason to panic. “It is because of multi-pronged strategy adopted by health ministry that the cases of swine flu remained almost negligible in India as compared to 275 other countries,” Azad said.
According to Health Ministry officials in Delhi,a total of 59 people have tested positive for swine flu across the country,out of which 32 patients have been discharged. Azad said that there was “no need to worry about the influenza as it is fully curable” and enough medicines are available in the country. “Keeping in view the size and population of the country,the cases reported so far are almost negligible,” he said,adding that the ministry continues to monitor the flu cases,which came from foreign countries.
Talking about health care facilities in Jammu and Kashmir,the minister said he would review it on June 24 in a meeting with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and State Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma. The meeting,to be held in Srinagar,will also be attended by senior state and central officials.
Azad said the Health Ministry was ready to provide funds to Jammu and Kashmir for the appointment of doctors and paramedics on ad hoc basis to fill up vacancies in rural areas. At present,Health ministry is funding the setting up of about three dozen hospitals in the state,Azad said while expressing hope the state government would “gear up its machinery to complete these projects”.