Swine flu is spreading across Rajasthan rapidly that the state reported 8 more deaths on Wednesday, taking the total deaths from the dreaded viral disease to 191 since the beginning of this year.
“Total deaths have touched 191 while positive cases in a day has risen by 346 to touch a figure of 3,648 across the state,” a health official of Rajasthan told IANS.
The state Medical and Health Minister, Rajendra Singh Rathore, said screening of 46 lakh persons has been conducted in the state so far and urged the public to seek doctor’s advice once they suspect the symptoms of the disease. The state government has so far distributed 15 lakh Tamiflu tablets, a medicine used to treat swine flu.
Rajasthan has already made medical test free for people suffering from symptoms of swine flu at the six government medical colleges across the state.
The opposition Congress’ state president, Sachin Pilot, criticized the state government for the growing number of swine flu deaths, attributing it to “criminal neglect”. “What government has done so far is late. They should have launched an awareness campaign much earlier,” he said.
Congress party spokesman Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said the state government is contradicting its own guidelines and instructions in stemming the swine flu spread in the state.
“The state government instructions say that do not go to crowded places to avoid catching up the flu. The government has even asked schools to avoid prayer meeting in schools. Then why bus loads of people are being transported to Suratgarh where PM Narendra Modi is to address a function,” he said.
Modi is visiting Suratgarh Thursday. The government, however, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting an area that is not affected by swine flu severely.
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot last week criticised Vasundhara Raje government in failing to properly handle the spread of the disease in the state as he himself suffered from it.
“I would again request the government to launch an awareness campaign in citites and villages on swine flu….awareness can help to avoid spread of the disease,” said Gehlot.(IANS)