New Delhi, Aug 21: As the Swine flu death toll of India mounts to 45, the Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday, Aug 21 accused the states of not doing enough to contain the virus.
The minister lashed out at the state governments alleging that they have 'forgotten their duty'.
"We (Centre) can go to a point, don't expect us to go beyond a point. This is the maximum limit we could stretch ourselves to. Beyond this the state governments should shoulder their responsibility which they haven't done," Azad said while addressing state health ministers at a review meeting of the National Rural Health Mission in New Delhi.
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With a 47-year-old man succumbing to the H1N1 virus, Tamil Nadu reported the states second swine flu death on Friday, Aug 21. This took the country's total Swine flu deaths to 45, out of which Maharashtra continues to be the worst hit state with 22 deaths.
As on Thursday, Aug 20, 159 new Swine flu cases were reported across the country, which took the total number of H1N1 cases in India to 2,401.