People with swine flu symptoms to be tested for free, says Raje

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Jan 29, 2015 11:52 IST

Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje said on Wednesday that people suffering from symptoms of swine flu will be tested for free at the six government medical colleges across the state on production of a prescription from a government doctor.

At a high-level review meeting to review the outbreak of the dreaded swine flu in the state, Raje said if any person with symptoms of the flu, which is caused by the H1N1 virus, will get a 50% discount, even if they do not have a prescription by a government doctor.

Raje directed health department officials to launch a campaign to create awareness on preventing swine and to persuade them to use the toll free 104 medical advice service for the viral outbreak.

People with symptoms of the flu should to go to the nearest state-run medical college, she said. She asked health officials to increase isolation units and swine flu testing centres and explore possibilities of opening testing centres at privately-run hospitals.

The CM said she will contact the Union health minister for adequate swine flu testing kits.

All measures should be taken to ensure that afflicted patients are saved by giving them timely treatment, Raje said, adding that doctors and nurses are given training to treat the disease.

Raje also directed medical and health department officials take measures in coordination with the state animal husbandry department to stop spreading of Congo fever. Officials said 27 people have died in the state and nearly 100 cases had been recorded this year.

State health minister Rajendra Rathore said the department is continuously monitoring to prevent swine flu and isolation wards have been set up in government hospitals.

Chief secretary CS Rajan; principal secretary health Mukesh Sharma; principal secretary medical education JC Mohanty, director public health Dr BR Meena and other officials were present in the meeting.

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