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Govt urges people not to panic over swine flu

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Aug 08, 2009 at 12:55pm IST

New Delhi: After India reported its first swine flu death, the Government seems to be gearing up to combat the virus.

Though selling Tamiflu through retail stores is illegal currently. But with experts warning a surge in the outbreak post monsoon, the Government is letting no stone unturned.

“We don’t want people to take it without diagnosis or supervision,” says Joint Secretary Health Ministry Vineet Chawdhry.

“So far we have not allowed Tamiflu in the retail market. We are reviewing the situation and if need be will make it available in retail,” says Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The cause of concern is the Indian habit of indiscriminate self medication.

Experts fear over use of Tamiflu might help the H1N1 mutate, making it resistant to the drug.

Meanwhile the health authorities continue to tell people not to panic.

“No need to panic. We have more deaths from other diseases than swine flu,” says Health Secretary Naresh Dayal.

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