Toll-free swine flu helpline number



New Delhi: Addressing the health ministers’ conference here today, Himachal Pradesh health minister Dr Rajeev Bindal said that the government has started a toll-free number to provide information on swine flu to general public.

He told that a state team comprising of epidemiologist, physician and microbiologists has been trained at national level and sensitization workshops have been conducted at state and district level to raise awareness about the swine flu among health parishioners and general masses.

Even as two fresh suspected swine flu cases were reported at Indiara Gandhi Medical College on Thursday, Bindal told that eighteen swine flu suspected patients samples were sent to NICD out of which 13 samples have reported negative while one sample reported positive. He asked for central assistance for training IEC and other contingencies to meet the challenges of swine flu in the state. The minister requested the Centre to provide additional medicines, masks, ventillators and other infrastructure required to treat the patients and check the disease. He told that rapid response teams, isolations beds, protective equipments and facility to collection of samples have been made at all district hospitals and two medical colleges of the state.

Bindal requested the Centre to upgrade Rajiv Gandhi Ayurveda College, Paprola, as national institute of ayurveda for conducting advance research and trials on ayurveda medicines.

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