In the wake of the rising number of swine flu cases, the Delhi government is planning to launch a full-fledged campaign to create awareness about the disease. The campaign will involve school children, who will be sensitised about the dos and don'ts to prevent the spread of infection.
The city reported 45 new cases of swine flu on Thursday, taking the total number of affected persons to 615. Of these, 22 cases were tested positive at the designated standalone laboratories. Eleven people have succumbed to the viral infection so far this year with 10 deaths reported in February alone.
In a meeting to review the present status of swine flu and steps taken to contain the disease, chief minister Sheila Dikshit directed the health department to launch a campaign across the city.
Dikshit also asked the department to have proper isolation facilities for swine flu positive cases in hospitals so as to avoid visitors run the risk of contracting the disease.
"H1N1 has been affecting Delhi for the last 4-5 years, and we are well equipped to contain its outbreak," Dikshit said.
"In case more beds are required, the hospitals will be ready with spare beds. The dedicated nodal officers will remain on call 24x7," she added.
The government has designated 22 hospitals, including five private hospitals, for the treatment of swine flu. Maximum number of cases are being reported from RML, Safdarjung, GTB, Madan Mohan Malviya, Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Lok Nayak hospitals.