Dikshit calls for ‘forceful campaign’ to control swine flu
With 615 cases of swine flu, including 11 deaths, registered in the national capital since January, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review the status of H1N1 flu. Forty-five new cases were reported on Thursday.
While directing the Health department to take proactive steps to control the spread of the disease, Dikshit also asked for a 'forceful' awareness campaign across the city.
Dikshit underlined the need to isolate H1N1 patients and augmentation of such facilities.
"The Health department must learn lessons from past experiences to sharpen its action against swine flu, which is being reported in Delhi for five years now," Dikshit said.
She added that all relevant departments were also directed to ensure the proper functioning of ventilators in ICUs dedicated to treat H1N1 flu patients.
According to Dikshit, a forceful campaign was necessary in Delhi to control the spread of the virus. "I have asked the Health department to launch a campaign through the media and outdoor advertising to increase awareness on symptoms and precautions that can and should be taken," Dikshit said.
She said the supply of Tamiflu, the drug to treat H1N1 flu, of various strengths must be made available in all screening centres, state surveillance units and district surveillance units.
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