Flu under control in Karnataka, says Yeddyurappa

Flu under control in Karnataka, says Yeddyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa

"Though H1N1 virus is spreading rapidly in the country, it is totally under control in Karnataka. There is no need for panic," Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa told reporters after the two-hour meeting.

The government enlisted some more hospitals to treat the affected, taking the number of designated institutions to 40 in the city, where a 26-year-old teacher succumbed to the virus on Wednesday.

Special isolation wards have been created in hospitals in every district and medical and paramedical staff trained to deal with any kind of emergency.

Claiming that the state had sufficient stock of Tamiflu tablets, Yeddyurappa said, "We are ready to procure more medicines and testing kits. There will be no resource crunch for this".
He also informed that the state was purchasing 500 testing kits.

Karnataka has been in the forefront in launching preventive measures against swine flu and began screening of in-bound international passengers at Bengaluru International Airport since April 30, he said.

So far 3.36 lakh passengers have been screened, 595 suspected cases detected and out of them 115 tested positive, Yeddyurappa said.
66 of the confirmed cases had been discharged after treatment while the remaining continued to be under medical care.
Yeddyurappa said there was no situation that warranted ordering closure of schools and the government had launched screening of children across the state.
The state has also briefed the Centre on the prevailing situation, he said.

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