Pune, Aug 9: The family of Rida Shaikh, India"s first swine flu fatality, on Sunday, Aug 9 has demanded Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to apologise or resign for saying that Rida could have spread the Swine Flu virus to 80 others while changing hospitals during treatment.
Rida's mother said, "We want an apology from the government. He (Azad) has hurt a mother... he has blamed our child, Rida for having infected 80 others by going to four hospitals. He needs to get his facts right."
Earlier, Azad had said, "One small girl went from one hospital to another, then the third and then a fourth hospital to get treatment, and without awareness which is crucial. In the process some 80 people were infected."
Rida's aunt Ayesha Shaikh said, "Our child sacrificed her life for the nation. Because of her death, so many people went for the swine flu test and have tested positive. No one wants another Reeda in their family. Everyone wants their child safe."
"We want an apology or resignation from Azad otherwise we will go to the prime minister and seek his resignation," she added.