New Delhi, Feb 2: There has been a surge of H1N1 influenza in a few States and the Union Health Ministry, which is closely monitoring the situation, has deputed senior level public health teams to Telangana and Rajasthan to assess the situation.
Giving this information, Minister for Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda stated that the present spurt is seasonal. Assuring that all necessary assistance and support is being provided to the states to manage the situation, he went on to inform that he has been in constant touch with Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of the affected states.
The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Delhi through Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) and the state units have enhanced the surveillance for influenza like illness (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI). They are also providing laboratory support in terms of testing, quality assurance, guidance, providing viral transport mediums and diagnostic reagents.
A 24×7 Outbreak Monitoring Cell of NCDC is attending to public queries on H1N1 to keep them informed and to dispel fears and apprehensions.
A Union Health Ministry statement said, while the affected states have stock of the drug Oseltamivir, the Health Ministry also has sufficient stock of the medicine and Personal Protective Equipment. The states have been advised on risk categorization of patients and clinical case management. The Health Ministry and the states have also initiated awareness campaigns to keep the public informed.