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60 per cent of Swine Flu cases reported from urban areas: Maharashtra Health Minister


Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant has said that of the total swine flu cases in the state, 60 per cent are reported from the urban areas.

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai recently, the Minister informed that Nashik, Pune, Ahmednagar, Solapur are the major affected urban areas in the state. He also informed that cities like Nagpur, Ahmednagar, Buldhana, Nashik, Pune and Latur will be surveyed again to detect cases of H1N1 viral infection.

He added that in a meeting with state health officials it was decided to equip all the district government hospitals with ventilators.

Listing out the other measures by government Sawant said that the district civil surgeons were permitted to purchase medicines from local market, if required, and supply it to patients.

He said the Union government has fixed the rate of swab testing in private laboratories at Rs 2,500 and it should be strictly followed.

The minister stressed on holding swine flu awareness sessions in every district for private doctors saying this will help in detecting more cases at an early stage.

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