Three persons have died of swine flu in Uttarakhand so far
this year, a senior health department official has said. According to the department, 14 persons afflicted with
the disease are undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the state.
Though the state has not been put on alert yet, people
should get themselves tested for the H1N1 virus, said Principal Secretary of
the Health and Family Welfare Department Om Prakash.
The official said the maximum number of swine flu cases have
been seen in Dehradun and Haridwar. "Districts of the state are sending
daily reports about the swine flu situation which are reviewed by the Chief
Minister, Chief Secretary and at my level," he said, adding that teams to
treat the disease are being kept ready throughout the day.
The Principal Secretary also promised strict action against
the medical stores, which were taking advantage of the situation by selling
swine flu masks at inflated prices. "If anything comes to our attention,
stringent action will be taken against them. Also, we will cancel their
licenses. Sufficient quantity of medicines are available and a request has also
been sent to the Centre for more," he said.