Wednesday, August 26, 2009

K’taka to provide free swine flu treatment to poor patients


Here’s a good news for those who are suffering or showing the symptoms of swine flu in Karnataka.

In a landmark decision, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday declared that all the private nursing homes and hospitals will offer free medical treatment to people with A (H1N1) influenza.

Confirming the development, Yeddyurappa said: “How can the poor afford such a costly treatment? Let us make it free for them.”

It should be noticed that the collection of throat swab costs around Rs 1000-1500.

The CM also gave his approval for securing ventilators in hospitals, if any such facility is lacking.

Speaking on the same occasion, State Health Minister B Sriramulu informed the media persons that 8 hospitals in Bangalore and one hospital in Belgaum had started working in lab facility set up for testing H1N1 virus.

Apart from this, the government is also trying its best to develop immunity for fighting against flu in streams like Unani medicine, ayurveda and homeopathy.

Meanwhile, 27 fresh swine flu cases were reported from the state (till Sunday afternoon), raising the total number of affected persons in the state to 317.

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