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With awareness lacking, residents of peripheries, rural areas likely to fall prey to swine flu
2/22/2015 11:16:28 PM
Shakeel A Khan
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Feb 22: With the debate over swine flu going on in the summer capital of the state authorities have miserably failed to launch an awareness campaign in the peripheries of Srinagar, not to talk about the far flung areas that seem to have been left at the mercy of God.
The people of the far flung areas of the valley say that they have not been provided advisory by the authorities regarding the swine flu. If people from these areas are to be believed they have not been told how to keep themselves safe from the deadly virus.
"The authorities can be seen busy in the capitals of the state only as far as checking the swine flu is concerned. All the facilities are being provided to the hospitals in Srinagar and people of the far flung areas seem no consideration for them," said Mohammad Shafi from Bandipora.
The deadly swine flu, as according to Shafi knows no boundaries and can spread to any part of the valley. It is quite surprising that the authorities are being seen agile in the urban areas only and if this virus goes violent, then the authorities will find it hard to tackle the situation, said Shafi.
People who live in the peripheries of the Srinagar city also hold the same view that the people at the helm of the affairs have failed to motivate the people to exercise the caution. And also, according to these people, men and machinery is not ready in their areas.
"The only activities that take place in the district and the sub-district hospitals are that Anganwari and Asha workers are summoned and the directions are passed to them as to how to keep safe from the deadly virus. This is not going to help," said some people at Budgam while talking to Early Times.
These people were of the view that it is not the time of meetings instead, it is the time to be pragmatic. Close door meetings are not going to serve any purpose and the authorities should intensify the screening of the people with the upper throat infection across the valley, said these people.
These people further said that how can the authorities claim that the many districts are virus free when the screening has not been done.
Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr. Saleem-u-Rehman claimed that he things are fast returning to normal as the health department has found only 19 people infected with the virus and the graph is coming down fast.
"The people of far flung areas like that of Gurez, Tangdar, Machil and many other such areas are cut from the rest of the world and have no social contacts with the infected people, So there is nothing to panic about," said Dr. Saleem.
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