The swine flu situation in Telangana is taking a turn for the worse despite the Center giving all assurances of help to prevent the spread, said the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
Addressing media here last evening, Rao said though all measures to arrest the spread of swine flu are being taken on a war footing and there was no need to panic over the possibility of an H1N1 virus epidemic, there are about 30 persons presently under treatment in various hospitals in the state.
Rao said that he has directed government health officials and private medical practitioners to be vigilant and take all possible steps to prevent the spread of the virus.
He said that an IAS officer in each district and a committee headed by the state health secretary are regularly monitoring the situation.
Civic bodies at the panchayat, municipality and corporation level have been asked to strictly maintain community hygiene. Hospitals have been asked to put the swine flu cases completely in isolation.
He said people especially children, elders and pregnant women have been advised to be on alert. The health authorities have asked people not to panic and not go for preventive medication on their own.
A Central Medical Team along with necessary additional stock of medicines has arrived in Hyderabad last night and the state health department is working in coordination with the experts.