In the wake of rising concern among parents about swine flu, following the death of a young girl at Pune, Andhra Pradesh is toying with the idea of making health check-ups mandatory in all schools in the state.
The departments of Health and School Education will soon jointly conduct medical camps in all schools so as to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease, Health Minister Danam Nagender stated today.
“We decided to opt for such large scale screening in the light of concern expressed by parents following swine flu deaths from Pune and elsewhere,” Nagender told HT.
“The school is perfect setting for the virus to spread easily to other children. We will conduct medical camps in all schools as a preventive measure to contain the virus so that it does not spread to other children, “he pointed out.
The minister said that the situation in the state was totally under control and there was no need for panic. The government had taken prompt measures to prevent the spread of the swine flu virus.
All the passengers arriving at the international airport are being screened. So far 2.8 lakh passengers had been screened and 74 cases of confirmed swine flu were detected.
Samples of 22 fresh passengers had been sent to laboratory at Delhi for analysis.
He said the government had decided to open quarantine facilities in the district hospitals with 10-bed wards exclusively earmarked for swine flu cases.
He said that a request has been made to Centre to rush 10,000 doses of Tamiflu vaccine,which will supplement the 20,000 doses available with the important hospitals in the state.