Awareness more important to combat swine flu, says Maha Health minister

H1N1 can be cured with proper precautions but in most of the case people neglect the symptoms. To avoid rising number of patients we need to focus more on awareness

Awareness more important to combat swine flu, says Maha Health minister
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To tackle the rising number of swine flu cases, the state government is now focusing on an awareness program. Maharashtra’s health minister, Dr Deepak Sawant visited BMC’s Kasturba Hospital to take stock of the current situation in the city.

Dr Sawant had a review meeting with officers and directed them to take necessary actions to prevent H1N1 virus.  Since the beginning of the year until now Mumbai has seen 285 H1N1 cases. Out of which 10 people have died due to H1N1.

“H1N1 can be cured with proper precautions but in most of the case people neglect the symptoms. To avoid rising number of patients we need to focus more on awareness of the disease” said Dr Deepak Sawant. The state health department is planning to have seminars for private medical practitioners.

Swine flu treatment comes under heavy treatment format, for which the same doctor should not continuously insist for lab test Dr Sawant said.