Swine flu prevention: Court summons principal secretary

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2015 12:38 IST

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court has summoned principal secretary medical education on Friday regarding steps taken by the government to prevent swine flu. On March12, the court had directed the state government to pay special attention towards preventive measures and enhancing the test laboratories for effective control over swine flu and similar diseases in UP.

A division bench of chief justice Dr DY Chandrachud and justice Shree Narain Shukla passed this order on Thursday on a PIL seeking direction for effective control of swine flu and similar diseases.

Earlier, the court had directed the state government to provide pathological test facilities in each state owned medical college to diagnose the disease and also make medicines and special masks available to people soon for prevention against swine flu. The court had summoned director general (medical-health) and chief medical officer, Lucknow and sought a detailed compliance report of its earlier orders for prevention against swine flu.

On Thursday, DG medical-health Vijay Laxmi and CMO Lucknow Dr SNS Yadav appeared before the court. DG medicalhealth told the court about proposals for six test labs which are under process. She also said that the concerned medicines and masks are available in government hospitals.

She further said the medical education department was undertaking an exercise to establish testing labs in places other than Lucknow, on which the court said it would pass it’s order on April 17 and directed principal secretary medical-education to be present.

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