PM directs Health Minister to do everything required to contain swine flu

Kathmandu, April 23: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala phoned Health Minister Khagaraj Adhikari from the Asia-Africa Summit venue in Jakarta of Indonesia this morning and directed him to do everything it takes to check swine flu seen in various parts of the country, including Jajarkot.

The Prime Minister issued this directive after getting the information that the swine flu spread in Jajarkot has not come under control and patients of cough and cold, and fever were also increasing in other districts as well.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers on April 16 had constituted a Disaster Control Coordination Committee to be coordinated by the Chief Secretary Leelamani Poudyal and with the Secretaries at the Ministries of Health and Defence as members.

Earlier to this, PM Koirala issued directives to carry out works at a war footing to contain the epidemic, calling the Health Minister Adhikari, the Health Secretary Shanta Bahadur Shrestha, Director General of the Department of Health Services Dr Senendra Uprety and Chief of the Epidemiology Division Dr Baburam Marasini to his office.

Minister Adhikari, in the telephonic talk with the PM, informed him on the efforts made so far for checking the epidemic.

Chief Secretary Poudyal and the Health Secretary Shrestha are scheduled to go to Jajarkot today to take stock of the efforts made for controlling the disease and the condition of the patients.

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