The Maharashtra government is considering a proposal to allow private hospitals, which fulfill government guidelines, to treat swine flu cases. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has said that a decision on the issue would be taken in two days after a meeting with private hospital managements. Those private hospitals who are willing to set up isolated wards and follow government of India’s guidelines would be considered. There are, however, no restrictions on private doctors examining suspected cases. A doctor should send suspected cases to screening centres which would take throat swab to get it tested for swine flu. The Chief Minister asked people to restrict movement at public places. He, however, announced that it would be up to school managements to decide on closing the school as a precautionary measure. The state government has also set up a core group to monitor the swine flu situation in the state. The panel would be headed by chief secretary Johny Joseph. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the CM. The group includes officials from the health, education, home, social welfare and other departments and will deal with the situation arising out of the swine flu outbreak. A meeting of all Ganesh mandals and dahi handi mandals is being convened at different levels to discuss ways of minimizing spread of swine flu. Lakhs of people throng the streets during Ganeshotsav and dahi handi celebrations. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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