Rajasthan swine flu toll at 135 sends alarming signals

The uncontrollable swine flu has taken a heavy toll in Rajasthan since Jan 1 this year climbing to 135 with five more people deaths reported on Friday due to the disease that is fast spreading the state, officials said.

“Maximum deaths have occurred from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Barmer and Nagaur,” said a state health department official.

He said that total positive cases found across Rajasthan from January 1, 2015 touched 1,700, with the maximum cases coming from Jaipur and as of Thursday night, it had recorded 435 positive cases.

Meanwhile, the state government has directed all hospitals of the state government-run medical colleges to set up exclusive isolation wards for H1NI cases.

In addition, state Health Minister Rajendra Rathore has asked the hospitals to have separate ICUs, arrange ventilators in sufficient quantity and beef up doctors’ strength.

The minister has also sought additional supplies of Tamiflu, a medicine used to treat the disease from the Centre.

Rajasthan has already made medical test free for people suffering from symptoms of swine flu like cold, cought, high fever and lung congestion at the 6 government medical colleges in the state.

There were also reports of shortage of tablets used for treating H1N1 virus from many areas.

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who himself is recuperating after being detected with swine flu, flayed the Vasundhara Raje government for delay in arranging 10 lakh Tamiflu tablets used for treating the flu.

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda at a high level meeting to discuss swine flu and other health issues, in Ahmadabad, Gujarat on February 10, 2015. The Health Minister, Gujarat, Shri Nitinbhai Pateland and senior officers of Gujarat are also seen.(PIB Photo)




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