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Medicines dispatched to tackle Swine flu virus
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 May. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) with effect from May 1 has decentralized the medical supplies [Oseltamivir and Personal Protective Equipments(PPE) ] to tackle reported human cases of Influenza A (H1N1) earlier referred to as Swine Influenza – caused by a re-assorted. MoHFW, in a PIB release said that about 2.50 lakh capsules of Oseltamivir, 18,000 PPE and over one lakh of triple layer surgical masks have been dispatched to the Regional Offices of Health & FW. This would cut short the lead time in case a suspected cluster is to be contained. As of now, no case has been reported in India. The situation is being monitored. According to the release, Nagaland, has been clustered under the Regional Director of Imphal, which is looking after the states of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland. Nagaland’s shares to get medical supplies are Oseltamivir – 5000 capsules, Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) – 500, N-95 Mask -500 and Triple Layer Mask – 3000, this was informed in the PIB release. The ministry also said that the states have been advised to review their preparedness to investigate and contain any suspected cluster of Influenza like Illness, adding Central Government has issued necessary guidelines to all States and Union Territories. Meanwhile the Union Ministry of Agriculture -the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries on Thursday has already issued necessary advisory to all the state governments to maintain a precautionary vigil on the swine population for any flu-like symptoms. Health screening of passengers coming from affected countries is continuing in International airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, Amritsar, Cochin, Ahmedabad, Trichy and Srinagar. The remaining international airports would also start this activity shortly. A total of 17,949 passengers have been screened. 96 doctors have been deployed to man 32 counters at the above airports. The World Health Organization (WHO) report till April 30 2009, eleven countries have officially reported 257 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 infection with 8 deaths. USA has reported 109 laboratory confirmed human cases with one death and Mexico reported 97 cases including seven deaths. The other countries which have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths include Austria (1), Canada (19), Germany (3), Israel (2), New Zealand (3), Spain (13) United Kingdom (8), Netherlands (1) and Switzerland (1). Mexico Swine flu MEXICO, MAY 2 (AGENCIES): Mexican officials were cautiously optimistic today that the worst of the swine flu epidemic is over for Mexico, with no new flu deaths reported overnight. But the virus keeps spreading around the world, with new cases confirmed in Europe and Asia, and some governments banning flights and preparing quarantines for travelers from Mexico. The number of confirmed infected H1N1 flu patients in Mexico rose to 427, after lab tests found 46 more, health minister Jose Angel Cordova said on Saturday, adding that the number of deaths remained at 16. The total number of confirmed flu cases in Mexico, including the 16 dead, was now 443, he told a news conference.

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