Minister for Health & Medical Education Bali Bhagat today said that every effort is being made by the Government to provide requisite facilities to deal with the swine flu.Responding to a Calling Attention Notice by MLA Ali Mohammad Sagar, the Minister said that a full-fledged H1N1 testing laboratory along with separate ward has been constructed at the cost of Rs 9.88 crores at Chest Diseases Hospital Srinagar which has been made functional.He said besides, Swine Flu testing lab in the department of Microbiology in GMC Jammu has also been dedicated for H1 N1 testing. He said testing facility is also available at Microbiology Department of Govt Medical College Srinagar since 2016.
The Minister further said that 28 deaths have been reported so far in SKIMS Soura while a total 137 cases were registered in the institute out of which 107 were discharged and two patients are still admitted and being treated by the doctors.The Health Minister further stated that as a preventive measure, isolation wards have been established in the Government Medical College, Jammu and Srinagar and have been equipped with central oxygen, air suction supply and ventilator. He said separate trained staff is also deployed round the clock and that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are provided to all the healthcare workers who are at the risk of exposure. He further informed that the services of Electronic/Print media are used to issue advisory and create awareness among the general public about the disease.