State has sufficient provisions to tackle swine flu: MP Govt tells HC
The state health department filed a reply to the MP High Court on Thursday indicating that the provisions available with them to tackle swine flu virus are sufficient. The court had asked the government to take action to contain the deadly virus.indore Updated: Feb 14, 2015 18:16 IST
The state health department filed a reply to the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday indicating that the provisions available with them to tackle swine flu virus are sufficient.
On Wednesday, the court had asked the government to take immediate action to contain the deadly virus.
The document stated that the government has a separate ward for swine flu patients in MY Hospital consisting seven ventilators and other life support systems besides 20 beds.
It also stated that it has 2640 Oseltamivir tablets (TamiFlu), 179 PPE kits (Personal Protective Equipment) and 75 N/95 masks to combat the virus in the city.
However, petitioner Ajay Mishra in his appeal on Monday had mentioned that given the perilous nature of the deadly influenza and number of lives it had claimed in last one month, the provisions available with the government to curb the virus are meager.
The petitioner had also sought immediate government action, including setting up of fumigate high risk zones, a virus testing facility in the city and announce holiday for children below class I, who are more vulnerable to the virus.
Hearing the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) the court had directed the health department and Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to take immediate action to curb the spread of the virus.
The division bench comprising Justice PK Jaiswal and Justice Alok Verma reserved the appeal for order on Thursday.
The chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Dr Mahesh Malviya in his reply told the court that there are enough resources to curb the virus.
He added medicines for patients detected with H1N1 influenza too are being distributed for free.
Replying to why swine flu drugs cannot be made available in retail chemist stores for free, he said, "The drug cannot be made freely available in stores, as the symptoms of Swine Flu and Cold are very much similar, and if a person with common cold takes the drug, he/she may develop resistance to the drug."
The government in the affidavit stated that 23 deaths have taken place in and around the city in the month of January owing to the influenza and about 50 people have been tested positive of the virus out of the 129 samples sent for testing.
For setting up a testing facility in Indore, the government replied that they do not have authority to set up the laboratory and it is the concern of the union government.
First Published: Feb 13, 2015 22:51 IST