The World Health Organization (WHO) had issued a warning in
2010 that in the post-pandemic period, cases and outbreaks due to the H1N1
virus are expected to occur.
The impact can be quite severe, WHO warned. But it seems
that Rajasthan state health authorities have not taken it seriously, resulting
in deaths of more than 120 people in the state so far this year.
Rajendra Rathore, health minister on Thursday expressed
sorrow over the death of people in the state. He said that the entire focus of
the health department at the moment is on prevention of deaths and spread of
Now, acting on it, Rathore said, "We will prepare an action plan to deal
with such a situation. What we can do at medical college level, to prevent the
spread, we will find out."
Heath experts say that swine flu instructions in the Global
Alert and Response (GAR) should be taken seriously. Though WHO had clearly
mentioned that health authorities need to maintain implementation of outbreak
response measures for some time to come as virus would remain for many years,
but the government is talking about people not being aware about the disease
and not reaching hospitals on time.
"Out of 117 deaths reported (till Wednesday), 77 of
them died within two days of their admission to the hospital. Had the people
been aware about the disease (reach the hospital for treatment soon after being
infected with swine flu), the deaths could have been prevented," Rathore
Amid the scare of swine flu, the state government is
providing kadha (ayurvedic medicine) claiming that it would develop immunity
against swine flu and prevent the spread of the disease. Rathore said, "So
far, we have provided kadha to more than 5 lakh people in the state."