Bhubaneswar: In a knee jerk reaction to public outcry against regular rise in Swine Flu and dengue cases in the state, the government today fielded the Secretary of Health Department P K Meherda who has assured that the government was fully geared up to meet the challenges across the state.
“There is no need to panic as the government is taking all possible steps to tackle Swine Flu and dengue outbreak in the state.” said PK Meherda after a review meeting held here today.
While admitting that Swine Flu has claimed eight lives in Odisha so far the Health Secretary tried to assure that adequate measures are being taken to sensitise people about H1N1 viral attack. “Most of the swine flu cases reported in Odisha are migration cases,” said he.
The Health Secretary also said that vaccinations are being given only to doctors and other para medical staff treating swine flu patients while general public is advised not to take vaccines without consulting medicos.
On the dengue situation, he said 370 persons have tested positive with two deaths reported so far this year.
Last year, a total of eight people had died of dengue while nearly 4,000 had tested positive, he informed.
This year the highest number of dengue cases has been reported from Bhadrak district. As per government records 47 persons have tested positive. The constant rise in dengue patients has created panic among the residents of Bhadrak district.