Tripura put on swine flu alert
Tripura has been put on swine flu alert to prevent outbreak of the H1N1 virus and observation centres were set up at seven entry points to the state, official sources said on Saturday.Updated: Aug 08, 2009, 17:46 IST
Tripura has been put on swine flu alert to prevent outbreak of the H1N1 virus and observation centres were set up at seven entry points to the state, official sources said on Saturday.
A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar reviewed the situation last night and an alert was sounded.
He instructed the officials to remain prepared to prevent any outbreak of the infectious disease, they said, adding, the officials who attended the meeting included Principal secretary (health) Y P Singh and director of preventive medicine R K Dhar.
"As part of preventive measures, seven observation centres were set up at strategic entry points to the state including all the check-posts along Indo-Bangladesh international border," Dhar said on Saturday.
One hospital each in the four districts of the state including has been equipped to treat the patients infected with N1H1 virus, he said.
"Enough medicines and equipment are available even as there is no report of infection of swine flu in the state," Dhar said, adding, Health department officials are also keeping watch on the foreign tourists and the residents of the state who recently visited European countries.
He said Eighteen laboratories in the state are equipped to examine blood samples of suspected swine flu-affected persons.