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AP on toes to counter swine flu

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The State HRD Minister Ganta Srinvisa Rao asked medical officials to treat swine flu suspected patients without waiting for the swab test. The Minister along with Minister for Agriculture P Pulla Rao held a review meeting of swine flu situation in the district and preventive steps being taken by the district machinery here on Tuesday.

Visakhapatnam: The State HRD Minister Ganta Srinvisa Rao asked medical officials to treat swine flu suspected patients without waiting for the swab test. The Minister along with Minister for Agriculture P Pulla Rao held a review meeting of swine flu situation in the district and preventive steps being taken by the district machinery here on Tuesday.

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He told the meeting that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held a long discussion on swine flu menace in the Cabinet meeting and insisted on effective measures to control the outspread. “If the officials fail, the Chief Minister himself has decided to visit all the districts and personally supervise the preventive measures and treatment to the affected patients,’’ Srinivasa Rao told the meeting.

If officials fail, the Chief Minister himself has decided to visit all the districts and personally supervise the preventive measures and treatment to the affected patients                     - Ganta Srinvisa Rao

The Chief Minister has also approved setting up of swab testing centers at Vijayawada, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam and agreed to spend any amount of money to prevent deaths. He said apart from the existing 11 screening centers, more centers should be opened in the district and those to be established at railway station and RTC Complex should function round the clock. A center should also be established at the local airport, he suggested.

Minister for Agriculture P Pulla Rao said the State government was serious in tackling the issue and if necessary, help would be sought from the Centre and international agencies. District Collector N Yuvaraj explained the measures being taken up by the local administration and said so far 20 suspected patients were admitted in different hospitals and their swabs had been sent to Hyderabad for confirmation.

Senior medical officials and doctors from private hospitals were present in the meeting. Meanwhile, Araku MP Kothapalle Geetha, who underwent treatment in a private hospital for swine flu, has been discharged on Tuesday evening after she fully recovered. She tested positive on Saturday. Srikakulam MP K Rammohan Naidu and others called on her in the hospital in the morning.

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