Andhra Pradesh has decided to launch a massive awareness campaign about swine flu that will cover the four airports, all the bus depots and railway stations.
This was decided at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy on Tuesday.
The government has also decided to launch the school health screening programme in six districts in the first phase. Departments of Health, Medical and Family Welfare and School Education would jointly conduct the programme. Given the paucity of medical staff, the programme would be extended to remaining 17 districts in the next round.
A team of central health officials will be arriving in Hyderabad on Wednesday to take stock of the situation and suggest further measures to strengthen the screening programme. Andhra Pradesh not only has the dubious distinction of being the state where the first positive case of H1N1 Influenza A was reported in the country, it also holds record of having the largest number of cases reported so far.
According to official figures, 2,87,364 passengers had so far been screened by health teams. Seventy-six people, which included 22 children, were confirmed as suffering from Influenza H1N1 A. So far 72 of the affected have been successfully discharged, whereas four patients were on treatment.
The samples of 28 suspects have been sent to New Delhi for analysis, Swine flu nodal officer Dr Subhakar said.
A press release from chief minister's office said that the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad complimented the chief minister for taking adequate preventive measures. Andhra Pradesh has become a role model for other states by preventing and controlling the swine flu, he said.