The Lok Adalat on Thursday called for a meeting of officials of the departments of Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education, doctors and experts to discuss the outbreak of swine flu and steps to be taken by the State Government and the authorities to contain it. A Lok Adalat bench of Justice K.L. Manjunath and member Yellappa Reddy passed the order after an advocate from Bangalore, S. Vasudeva, filed an application seeking expeditious steps to tackle the menace of swine flu.
He said government hospitals lacked the infrastructure for treating swine flu patients and sought a direction to the State to enlist the help of private hospitals and laboratories to render medical help.
He said there were more than 460 slums in Bangalore and most of them lack basic civic facilities. Moreover, garbage and waste was being dumped indiscriminately in and around Bangalore.
Taking note of the application, the Lok Adalat asked the Bruhut Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) about the steps it had taken to contain the disease. It also called for greater public awareness to be created. It said people were panicking about swine flu.