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Health Ministry reviews the preparedness on seasonal influenza (H1N1)

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In a high powered meeting with senior officers of the Health Ministry, Ms Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW) reviewed the state of preparedness and action taken to deal with H1N1 influenza cases, here today. Additional Secretary (Health) Shri Sanjeeva Kumar, DCGI Dr S Reddy, Directors and Senior Officials from NCDC and representatives from EMR were also present in the meeting.

Seasonal influenza is a respiratory viral infection with seasonal occurrences every year. In 2019 (till date 03.02.2019), total 6701 cases and 226 deaths have been reported in country. Majority of cases have been reported from 11 states (and majority of deaths have been reported from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Punjab. Deaths have been in seen more in persons having co morbidities like diabetes, hypertension etc. MOHFW deputed a Public Health Team to Rajasthan to assess the situation and assist the States in strengthening response to the increase in cases. Secretary has directed additional teams to Gujarat and Punjab to assist the states in outbreak response… (PIB, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Feb. 6, 2019)

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