Government admits to shortage of labs as death toll for swine flu reaches 965

February 27, 2015 8:49 AM

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Government admits to shortage of labs as death toll for swine flu reaches 965

Government today admitted to shortage of laboratories for testing Swine flu which has so far claimed 965 lives and said efforts are being made to set up such facilities in every state. "We have 21 laboratories for testing swine flu. But that is not enough. We are planning to set up H1N1 testing laboratories in every state of the country and financial provisions are being made for it," Health Minister JP Nadda told Lok Sabha while responding to questions. He said 965 people have died due to swine flu this season. At the same time, he said there was no need for panic but people need to be fully alert.

The Minister insisted that there was no shortage of medicine to treat swine flu (H1N1) affected people and it is available in government hospitals and dispensaries free of cost. The Health Ministry had started taking initiatives with the onset of winter when the H1N1 virus starts getting active, he ...

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