Pointing out that the situation arising out of swine flu here has stabilised but was not yet under control, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Monday said there is a need to set up epidemic hospitals and more laboratories in the state to tackle such diseases.
“Standard Operation Procedure is being followed very well in Pune to contain the flu. Situation has now stabilised but it is yet to be brought under control. In the last 48 hours, no deaths were reported in Pune,” Chavan told reporters in Pune on Monday.
He visited the city to take stock of the situation arising out of the outbreak of the viral disease that claimed 12 lives in Pune so far.
He visited Sassoon and Naidu hospitals, treating flu patients and National Institute of Virology (NIV), after which he held a meeting that was attended by government officials and public representatives.
Emphasising on the need of epidemic hospitals in the state to tackle similar situation that arose due to the flu, he said necessary steps would be taken to start such specialised medical centres.
“We are considering setting up epidemic centres in ESI hospitals. We will also discuss with the Central government in this regard,” he said. There is a need of two more laboratories, he said. “At present NIV and Hafkin are conducting tests. The government would soon take a call on setting up two more labs,” he said.