Officials Downplay Swine Flu Threat to Cover Inefficiencies: DAK
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Officials Downplay Swine Flu Threat to Cover Inefficiencies: DAK

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Monday alleged that the authorities were downplaying the Swine Flu threat to “cover up their ill preparedness”.

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Monday alleged that the authorities were downplaying the Swine Flu threat to "cover up their ill preparedness".

In a statement issued here, the spokesperson of the medicos' body, Riyaz Daga termed the recent spike in the Swine Flu cases across India as an alarm to health authorities in the valley.

"The recent increase in number of swine flu deaths because of change in the virus is a matter of grave concern as the virus has become more virulent," he said.

President DAK and H1N1 expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan said that health officials in the valley have failed to gear up to combat H1N1 virus. 

"It is the responsibility of health officials to ensure that public in such a situation should have access to credible and consistent information rather than concealing facts to cover up their inefficiencies, which is criminal," Dr Hassan said in the statement.

"It makes no sense to check at entry points once the virus is already in community by which we are given to understand that expert opinion is not taken.

He alleged that there was lack of planning and coordination for implementation of procedures that would combat any eventuality of H1N1 outbreak.

"It is highly irresponsible on part of health officials not to prepare hospitals and stockpile drugs and vaccines to combat H1N1," Dr Hassan rued.

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