Govt taking all possible measures to control swine flu, dengue: Singh

Sana Fazili
SRINAGAR: The government on Tuesday said it is taking all possible measures to control the spread of swine flu and dengue in the state.
In this regard, minister for health Ch Lal Singh said that government launched awareness through media was raised to curb the dengue fever, yellow fever and swine flu while separate Out Patient Department have been set up in all district and sub district hospitals to control the contagious infection.
He said SK Institute of Medical Sciences has been equipped with all the facilities including a lab to treat the category C of H1N1 influenza. He said such patients are kept in isolated wards keeping in consideration the contagious nature of swine flu, yellow fever and dengue fever.
According to him, health officers have been issued advisories in this regard and anti-viral drugs have been stocked in all district and sub-district hospitals in “sufficient quantities”. However, the vaccines are yet to be procured, he said.
“Doctors have also been deputed at the Srinagar airport to screen the hajj pilgrims for the infection,” he added.
Similarly, 99 Sentinel Surveillance hospitals have been set up in Jammu region to “provide dengue test facilities”. “Preventive measures like spraying insecticides and fogging are also being carried out in infection prone areas of Jammu province,” Singh said.

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