Lucknow: With the cases of swine flu in Uttar Pradesh on the rise, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday claimed that “flu is not a disease” and that some people catch it due to change in weather.Also Read - Trader Arrested For Sharing 'Offensive' Facebook Post Against UP CM Yogi Adityanath

The chief minister also stressed upon the need to not get panicked over the spread of any disease, including flu, and to counter it instead by a systematic action plan. Also Read - 'Those Who Wish For Death...' Yogi Adityanath Sparks Controversy Over CAA Violence

“Yesterday, I found that there was information of some number of people dying of swine flu in Meerut. Flu is not a disease. When the weather changes, some people catch a cold. It is flu in itself. Based on what it causes, we call some as swine flu or bird flu or by any other name,” Yogi said while inaugurating a month-long vaccination drive for children to prevent recurrence of Japanese encephalitis (JE) and acute encephalitis (AE) syndrome in Lucknow. Also Read - Tech-savvy Cabinet: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath Will Give All His Ministers iPads

Notably, Adityanath launched the vaccination campaign while inaugurating the fifth edition of the Mukhyamantri Arogya Mela at a Primary Health Center at Aurangabad in Sarojini Nagar area of Lucknow.

Emphasising upon the role of awareness in fighting the spread of any disease, Adityanath said, “There is a need to make people aware of it and alert the Health Department about the need to get the solution to fight the disease. The biggest solution to the flu is awareness.”

“Even if it has spread, do not create panic over it. For this, the Health Department should prepare a better action plan. Hospitals should be made aware of this in advance and special wards should be made there, so that it can be stopped from spreading,” he added.

During the month-long vaccination campaign which has been named as ‘DASTAK’, workers will visit all primary health centres and secondary schools and vaccinate those who have not been vaccinated. The campaign will come to a close on March 31.