Published On: Sun, Feb 22nd, 2015

Gujarat: Assembly Speaker, IAS officer down with swine flu

Ahmedabad: Gujarat State Assembly Speaker Ganpat Vasava has tested positive for swine flu and is recuperating in a private hospital in in Surat.

Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ganpat Vasava

Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ganpat Vasava

A special isolation room had been set up for him, hospital authorities said. Vasava, the BJP MLA from Mangrol, developed H1N1 virus symptoms in the last few days.

“Vasava condition is stable and satisfactory now. We have also given precautionary treatment to his relatives,” said Dr M C Dasilva, medical director of Mahavir Private Hospital.

Besides Vasava, IAS officer C V Som, Commissioner, Bureau of Public Enterprise, and several other prominent doctors and family members of industrialists were also diagnosed with the deadly H1N1 virus.

The Budget Session is to start on Monday. Since Vasava was not expected to preside over it because of his health.

Questions are being raised about who will run the House given that the then Narendra Modi-ruled BJP government never appointed a Deputy Speaker after the previous incumbent was made a Minister.

Somebody from five-member panel of substitute Speakers will take the charge, said Assembly Secretary D M Patel.

Gujarat government, which has also received a directive by the Gujarat High Court to contain the spread of the swine flu virus, has issued orders for round-theclock surveillance, but, in the VVIP areas.

The swine flu is rampant across the state this year, as on Saturday, Ahmedabad received a maximum count of 110 patients followed by Kutch 27 and Surat with 26 cases.

The day’s death toll stood at 11, taking the total to 197 during last 52 days starting January 1.

TST

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