Govt serious in dealing with swine flu situation: Nadda


New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has admitted that 965 people have died due to swine flu in the country and the that more laboratories for testing the virus are needed. There are only 21 labs in the country to detect the H1N1 virus.

The swine flu epidemic this season has claimed 965 lives so far. The union health Minister JP Nadda has assured the parliament that there was no shortage of the swine flu vaccine or medicines in the country and they can be obtained free of cost at all government hospitals and dispensaries.

Nadda told the Parliament that though precautions are essential to comabat the epidemic, there was no cause for panic. He promised to set up more laboratories for diagnosing the disease. The number of laboratories for testing the H1N1 virus are not adequete , there are only 21 in the country.

Swine flu has claimed 247 lives in Gujarat and 245 lives in Rajasthan. Bihar, J and K and West Bengal are recording fresh cases of swine flu. The total number of swine flu patients in the country has touched 17,000.