Gandhinagar, Gujarat: Union Health Minister JP Nadda reviewed the swine flu situation in Gujarat on Tuesday. Swine flu has claimed 98 lives in the state so far.
He held a review meeting with state Health Minister Nitin Patel and other top officials of the department at the latter’s office in Gandhinagar and expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the state government in tackling the disease.
Meanwhile, with 10 more deaths on Tuesday, the total number of swine flu victims has reached 98 in Gujarat in 2015.
120 new cases have been registered in different parts of the state, taking the total number of cases to 951 since January.
During his interaction with the media after the meeting, Mr Nadda assured the Centre’s help to the state to control the swine flu menace.
“From the beginning, the Gujarat government has been actively addressing the issue of swine flu cases. I have held a meeting with the state minister and other officials and found that they have charted out a detailed plan to tackle the outbreak. They are examining each case with scientific approach,” Mr Nadda said.
“My ministry is committed to provide all the support and assistance required by the state. We have also sent a team of experts here to help the local administration. For timely diagnosis, we will send more testing kits here,” he added.
According to Mr Nadda, swine flu cases might increase significantly in the near future, as more people approach hospitals for treatment.
“With the state government carrying out swine flu awareness campaigns even in remote areas, the cases are bound to increase, which is good in the sense that more people will get timely treatment. People must approach nearby hospitals immediately,” Mr Nadda said.