Almost two weeks after India registered its first swine flu death from Pune, the state woke up to the need for a separate hospital and two additional sample-testing laboratories, to deal with epidemic.
“To deal with epidemics we have decided to convert Employee State Insurance (ESI) Hospital in the city into an special epidemic hospital. We will soon consult the Centre in this regard”, said Chief Minister Ashok Chavan during his visit to Pune on Sunday.
The special epidemic hospital will deal with swine flu and all other outbreaks in the state.
Chavan visited Pune for the first time after the epidemic broke out, to monitor the treatment at Naidu and Aundh hospitals.
The chief minister termed Pune’s situation as ‘stabilized’ but not yet ‘fully controlled’.
The ESI hospital is at Maharshi Nagar. The hospital will be equipped with all facilities to control all future epidemics.
Chavan further said that two more labs would come up in the state besides the existing National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune and Haffkine in Mumbai, which have swab testing facilities.
“The decision on how to set up the new labs will be taken soon”.
On Sunday state saw 159 fresh cases while Pune registered only 3 fresh cases. Some of the fresh cases registered in state are from Aurangabad, Solapur and Latur districts.
Most of the positive cases in the various districts of state have come after students from Pune returned to their native places following state government’s decision of seven days closure of schools and colleges.
“Any decision on extending the period of schools and colleges shut down will be taken prior to 24 hours of the deadline coming to an end after reviewing the situation,” Chavan said.
He added that all the powers have been given to district guardian minister and administration.