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Guj NRI death prompts VGS to issue advisory to diaspora

india Updated: Aug 11, 2009 14:36 IST

The rapid spread of Swine Flu has prompted the Vishwa Gujarati Samaj (VGS) to issue an advisory to Non-Resident Indians (NRI), especially Gujaratis, to avoid travelling to the state this winter, if they are suffering from the disease.

The advisory has been planned following the fear that the influx of large Gujarati diaspora to the state every winter can spread the disease very fast.

“Lot of Gujaratis living abroad come during Navratri and Diwali which is followed by marriage season. Between mid September to February, maximum number of Gujaratis visit the state,” VGS President Krishnakant Vakharia told PTI.

VGS is an umbrella organisation of Gujarati diaspora.

“They have been advised not to visit Gujarat if they are suffering from Swine Flu,” Vakharia said.

“We have issued advisory for all our members in the US, UK, Canada and African countries on precautions to be taken while visiting Gujarat on the backdrop of world-wide Swine Flu epidemic,” he said.

“If NRIs come to the state, they are asked to get a thorough check up on arrival,” he said.

The advisory follows the death of NRI Pravin Patel, the first Swine Flu victim in the state who had come from Atlanta in the US to spend the vacation.