Bangalore, May 9 UNI | 3 months ago

As many as eight people have died in Karnataka since January to April this year due to H1NI, Minister for Health U T Khadar said today.

Addressing a press conference here, he said as many as 80 people were reported to be affected by this communicable disease and being treated at Rajiv Gandhi Hospital for Communicable Diseases.

Mr Khadar said he will be writing to the Centre seeking its opinion on whether to re-introduce health check up at the Airport for the passengers arriving from Central Asian Countries since World Health Organisation (WHO) had also sounded alert, following onset of monsoon season.

The Minister said the state will strictly implement Centre's Food Safety Act and each and every eatery will be asked to get registered with the Health Department, failing which they would attract hefty fine.

He said the cooks in Hotels will be provided with Health Cards and if they had any chronic disease, they will not be allowed to be employed.

Even cooking assistants will be provided with similar cards after health check up. They should go to Hospitals and get medical check up done.

Replying to a question, he said the officials will decide about distribution of Health Cards after discussion.

(Posted on 10-05-2014)