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Rapid response teams to check swine flu in Bihar

patna Updated: Aug 29, 2009 12:46 IST
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Bihar government has set up rapid response teams (RRTs) to check outbreak of swine flu, according to state Health minister N K Yadav.

"We have constituted RRTs to take preventive measures to contain outbreak of swine flu in Bihar. The teams will provide necessary information about H1N1 infection to district health centres and also distribute anti-dotes, if required," Yadav told PTI in Patna.

The government has also decided to open two virology labs, one each in Patna and Darbhanga, to diagnose viral diseases, he said.

Steps are being taken to prevent the outbreak of the disease during the Pitripaksh mela in Gaya, the minister said adding "arrangements will be made for screening devotees coming from different parts of the country, including from those areas which are affected with H1N1 virus".

Lakhs of pilgrims are likely to visit Gaya during the 15-day long-mela beginning September three.

Yadav said, a 100 bed ward at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) has been reserved for suspected swine flu patients, besides a 10 bed ward in every medical college hospital in the state.