Prepared to Fight Flu: Health Minister


New Delhi: The deadly Swine Flu has claimed over 670 lives across the country so far and 10,000 are infected with the killer H1N1 virus. Although drastic steps have been taken to contain the epidemic yet it expanded grip to new areas like Nagaland.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda said that there is no dearth of medicines and the hospitals are well equipped to deal with the disease. He said early diagnosis is a must and late reporting has claimed lives so far.

The worst three states ravaged by Swine Flu are Rajasthan with a death toll of 191, Gujarat scoring 155 and Madhya Pradesh with a toll of 90. Gujarat on the other hand recorded 255 new cases on Wednesday.

Delhi government issued a help line number. The number is 22307145. The Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi has capped the cost of Flu test to Rupees 4,500. The labs are so far charging an exorbitant 10,000 rupees for such test.
The Central Health Ministry has started a new Swine Flu test facility at AIIMS (All India Institute for Medical Sciences). A round the clock monitoring service will also be available at the National Center for Disease Controll).