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Health Minister : Government fully prepared to tackle Swine Flu

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Health Minister, Shri Kaul Singh Thakur said that State Government was watchful and fully prepared to tackle the incidence of Swine Flu in the State and all districts had been provided adequate supply of medicines. He said that isolation wards had been formed at Medical Colleges and District Hospitals.

Health Minister was presiding over a meeting of Health officials held here today to review the preparedness for tackling the Swine Flu cases in the State. He said that as many as 102 patients with symptoms of Swine Flu had been reported in IGMC, Shimla during year 2013 out of which 19 samples were found positive for H1N1. Eight cases have been reported from Kangra, five from Solan, four from Shimla, one each from Una and Sirmaur districts. Out of these 19 cases two deaths have been reported at IGMC, Shimla.

Shri Kaul Singh Thakur said that Tamiflu, the medicine used for treatment of Swine Flu cases had been supplied to the districts in adequate quantities three months back. Besides, guidelines of WHO for treatment of such cases had also been circulated to all districts. Extensive IEC in the form of sensitization of BMOs, SMOs, MOs and paramedics had also been done and small orientation meetings for general public were also being organised by the health workers. He added that house to house search and detection of contacts and new cases was being done from the places where cases had been reported. The suspected inmates were put on treatment as per WHO guidelines.

Health Minister said that isolation wards had been set up in Medical Colleges and district hospitals so as to prevent spread of infection. He said that in addition to this, six bedded fully equipped Swine Flu isolation wards with ventilators and specially trained doctors and staff had been created in IGMC. The confirmatory test facility was available in IGMC on free of cost and doctors had been deputed for counselling to combat fear factor among the contacts and general public.
Press note: Information & Public Relation, HP Govt.

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Bat deaths in Himachal not due to Nipah Virus, Don’t panic: Govt

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Shimla: To put an end to the rumours of Nipah virus outbreak in Himachal Pradesh after dead bats were found in Sirmaur a couple of days ago and then in Mandi district on Friday, the State Government today issued a statement asking people not to panic about it.

Apart from the outbreak of Nipah Virus in two districts of Kerala State no information regarding its spread has been reported from any other part of Himachal as well as the country, stated Additional Chief Secretary, Health B.K. Agarwal in a meeting held here today.

He said that only fruit bats (flying fox) have been found carrying this virus. These types of bats are found in the coastal regions of the county.

Therefore, there is no possibility of Nipah Virus in the bats found in Himachal Pradesh.

He said that the bats reported having died in the state were not due to the virus as these species do not die by Nipah Virus.

Agarwal said that a few days back samples from dead bats in Sirmaur were collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for testing and all the samples were reported negative for Nipah Virus.

Additional Chief Secretary has advised people not to panic about the Nipah Virus. He said that all the medical colleges of the State were prepared to deal with the situation if needed.

Officers of Health, Animal husbandry, Forest & Horticulture department were present in the meeting, chaired by Agarwal.

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Met predicts state-wide rains in Himachal on May 31 and June 1

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Shimla: As a ray of hope amid acute water-scarcity prevailing in Himachal Pradesh’s various regions including the capital town Shimla, the Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted state-wide rain with thunderstorms on May 31 and June 1.

If lucky, four districts including Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Shimla can receive a spell of rain on May 29 and 30 too.

With the rains, the people also hope to see a relief from the scorching heat of summer sun and forest fires. The Fire Department is reportedly facing trouble in dousing forest fires due to water scarcity.

As per the Met department, District Bilaspur and Una recorded 41℃ and 43℃ temperature on Saturday.

The farmers in rural areas and the public in towns, both are facing a hard time due to a shortage of water. Shimla town has run into a situation of chaos as the Mayor Kusum Sadret on Friday left for her China visit. The situation is such that the Chief Minister had to call an emergency meeting with Irrigation & Public Health Department to take stock of the situation.

The High Court had also taken cognizance of the media report and directed the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to provide adequate funds to the State for water-supply schemes worth over Rs. 700 crores.

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400 fire watchers deployed, Rs. 1.75 cr. sanctioned for checking forest fires in Himachal: Forest Minister

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Shimla: The Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh Govind Singh Thakur today informed that four hundred fire watchers have been deputed across the State and added that Rs. 1.75 crore has been sanctioned by the GoI for checking and management of fire incidents in the State.

Every year, forest fires in summers turn a large amount of forest wealth to ashes. 

He said that State government has started a new project from this year for management of fire incidents by spending Rs. 1 crore additionally.

He also claimed that with a view to check the number of forest fire incidents in the State, the department implemented an awareness campaign in the month of March which proved effective and a lot of support and cooperation is coming from people in tackling fire incidents.

He said that about 9500 people got connected to the website of Forest Survey of India Dehradun which proved helpful to them in receiving information about fire incidents in their areas.

He said that the department also started a toll-free number for receiving this information. He said that the information regarding fire incidents is coming faster this year as compared to previous years due to these measures and action is being taken instantly.

He urged the people of the State to extend support to the department.

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