The Health Ministry is closely monitoring the situation
arising in some states due to the surge of H1N1 influenza. Shri J P Nadda,
Minister for Health & Family Welfare stated this, here today.
that the present spurt is seasonal, he assured that all necessary assistance
and support is being provided to the states to manage the situation. He
informed that he has been in constant touch with Chief Ministers and Health
Ministers of the affected states on the issue.
The Health Minister informed that the Ministry has deputed senior level public
health teams to Telangana and Rajasthan to assess the situation and assist the
states in managing the current spurt in cases. The National Centre for Disease
Control (NCDC), Delhi through Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP)
and the state units have enhanced the surveillance for influenza like illness
(ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI). They are also providing
laboratory support in terms of testing, quality assurance, guidance, providing
viral transport mediums and diagnostic reagents.
A 24*7 Outbreak Monitoring Cell of NCDC is attending to public queries on H1N1
to keep them informed and to dispel fears and apprehensions, if any.
While the affected states have adequate stock of the drug Oseltamivir, the
Health Ministry also has sufficient stock of the medicine and Personal
Protective Equipments. The Ministry has provided the requisitioned quantity to
the affected states.
The Central Government has been advising the states, from time to time, to
build capacity to manage the seasonal influenza. The states have been given
guidance on risk categorization of patients and clinical case management. The
Health Ministry and the states have also initiated awareness campaigns through
print and visual media to educate and inform the public.