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HC concerned over spread of swine flu in Uttar Pradesh

Taking a serious view of the growing cases of swine flu in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court has directed the State government to procure three lakh masks and a similar number of “'Tamiflu”' tablets within next three days. The court has also asked the Centre to help the State in making the procurement and also step up its efforts to deal with the spread of the deadly H1N1 viral infection.

Hearing a pubic interest litigation, the Lucknow Bench of the High Court expressed concern over the spread of swine flu in Lucknow that accounts for almost 80 per cent of the total cases in the State so far. It asked the Lucknow District Magistrate to take urgent measures to check spread of the disease and carry out an awareness drive to contain the H1NI influenza.

During the hearing, counsel for petitioner Tripuresh Tripathi, Nutan Thakur, a well-known social activist, charged the State government with having failed in controlling swine flu and that the State hospitals lacked basic infrastructural facilities like test laboratories and isolation wards.

The swine flu cases in the Sate have already crossed 350, with 275 being reported from Lucknow alone. So far, official death toll stands at 10, with the State capital accounting for six. At least 17 districts are in the grip of swine flu, with worst-affected being Lucknow, Kanpur, Gautam Budh Nagar (Noida), Ghaziabad, Allahabad and Bareilly.