Hyderabad, Sept 18 :
It is four months since the gravity of the Swine Flu outbreak that started in Mexico has rocked the state of Andhra Pradesh in the past four weeks. In the last two weeks itself the death toll in the state reached 23 and is likely to go up day by day.
In view of rapid spread of the virus flu in the state, the Government of Andhra Pradesh is seeking the assistance of the American health officials to hold a check on the spread of Swine Flu.
In this connection, Health Minister Danam Nagender met American health officials in Hyderabad on Friday, who arte on a visit to the city, and held discussions with them. He sought the assistance of the United States in controlling the virus and also aid in the form of medicines. The latest news that the US will share 10 per cent of its H1N1 vaccine supply with other countries to combat the global spread of the pandemic, as announced by President Barack Obama on Thursday is a shot in the arm for the Government of AP to press for the medical aid from US.
The White House further added that the US vaccines would be made available to countries through the World Health Organization (WHO), recognising that "diseases know no borders, and the health of the American people is inseparable from the health of people around the world," As Andhra Pradesh was affected by the Swine Flu for the first time, the authorities did not know the possible magnitude and severity of the disease.
Seeking to allay fears of the common man about the disease, the Government authorities have framed some guidelines and are constantly reviewing the situation. According to health experts hand-washing offers the best defense _ while the masks probably do little to stop the virus from spreading. Masks are now advised only for health care workers and people who are already infected.