Azad says India is fully prepared to deal with H1 N1

June 12th, 2009 - 3:07 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 12 (ANI): Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday assured that the country is fully prepared to face the challenge of H1 N1 virus, which has been declared a phase six pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Talking to media persons here, Azad said that given the size and population of the country the number of positive cases is very less and the disease has not emanated locally.

“All the cases have come from outside mainly from the USA, Therefore, there is no need to panic,” he said.

“The disease is fully curable and we have enough stock of the medicine. All the 15 cases are being treated, five patients have already been discharged,” he added.

Outlining the measures taken to deal with the situation, Azad said that 16 more labs are being activated, 10 million doses of ‘Tamiflu’ have been procured and the Rapid Response Teams are being trained at state levels.

“In future, these teams will also be operationalised at district level. Screening and isolation facilities were put in place well in time. All the necessary measures are being taken,” he said.

In reply to a question, the Minister said that Tamiflu is not being distributed through private channels. If the cases of private chemist selling the drug are reported, concerned state authorities should take action to prevent it.

On the question of exit screening in the affected countries, he said that he has already written to the Minister of External Affairs.

“The Minister of External Affairs (MEA) has informed the Health Minister that the matter is being taken up through the MEA missions in the concerned countries,” he said.

Meanwhile, a six-year-old girl, who hails from New York, and arrived at Hyderabad, has been confirmed with the H1N1 virus on Friday. The girl is said to have contracted the virus from her grand parents.

In India, two more persons in Delhi and one in Goa tested positive, taking the total number of such cases to 15. (ANI)

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