Chief Secretary SP Singh today stressed the need for creating awareness among public on the spread of swine flu through wide publicity and offer medicines free of cost.
The Chief Secretary held a high-level review meeting with the officials concerned, including Principal Secretary Medical & Health Rajeshwar Tiwari, NIMS Superintendent Manohar, Gandhi Hospital Superintendent Venkateshwar Reddy, Director of Health Lalitha and that of Institute of Preventive Medicine.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary declared NIMS Superintendent as Nodal officer and Gandhi hospital as nodal hospital. SP Singh asked them to launch immediate treatment for swine flu at IPM and Fever Hospital in Nallakunta. He also directed committed services to the people, who should avoid the panic of possible spread of swine flu through wide publicity.
“There shall not be any shortage of medicines and kits for treating the problem with timely attendance by the doctors. Besides a wide publicity the officials should be cautious and provide all health facilities to treat patients with swine flu”, he said. With better coordination and involvement, the Health officials should review the situation on daily basis and offer the best health services to overcome the problem of swine flu spread, he stated.
The patients with swine flu symptoms in private hospitals must be shifted to the Gandhi Hospital for immediate treatment, he directed. Rajeshwar Tiwari informed that all the hospitals in the districts are equipped with medicines and kits to provide timely treatment. He also said they made arrangements for 60 beds for these patients, 20 ventilators and 24-hour availability of pulmonologists at Gandhi Hospital. Samples from districts and other major hospitals are being sent to IPM for giving confirmation reports in 24 hours, he added. (NSS)