HYDERABAD: Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister T Rajaiah said there are enough stocks of capsules and syrups to prevent and treat Swine Flu. Drugs have been supplied to all district headquarters hospitals as well. “We have a total of 13,200 capsules and 210 syrups to prevent and treat the flu,” Rajaiah said here on Thursday. He said the Gandhi Hospital staff would be given Boxigrip, a prophylactic, to avoid contracting the infection.
In Hyderabad, 1,600 capsules and 23 syrups are kept ready, while 500 capsules and seven syrups in Ranga Reddy are stocked as a precautionary step. He said that they are ready to provide treatment for the infection and that the infection should not be neglected. “The Swine Flu deaths occurred because of lack of awareness and not taking precautions,” Rajaiah said. He emphasised that patients have to take responsibility of not spreading the H1N1 virus by isolating themselves.
“They should not underestimate the disease. They have to take precautions like blocking their mouth with handkerchief when they sneeze or cough,” Rajaiah said.
Firing a salvo at private hospitals, Rajaiah said the private hospitals send patients to government hospitals when they are in no position to treat them. He warned private hospitals against scaring patients.
Rajaiah said the government is contemplating to provide treatment for Swine Flu, Ebola, dengue and others fevers at Fever Hospital. Around `5 crore has been allotted to for this purpose, he said.