The number of swine flu cases being reported in cities like Hyderabad, Agra, Jaipur and Gurgaon has been alarmingly high, while each state is reporting more deaths than expected.
Taj Mahal city Agra on Thursday reported 6 suspected cases of swine flu, while the state of Uttar Pradesh reported more than 60 cases so far, sending warning signals to tourists who come to visit the Taj Mahal here.
UP has reported four deaths so far. The latest case was that of a junior doctor at the SN Medical College with H1N1 symptoms. “In all six samples have been sent to Delhi,” an official said Friday.
Chief Medical Officer H.S. Danu visited the hospital and arranged for isolating the suspected patients. However, doctors in Agra have advised patience and said not every case of cold or high fever should be taken as a signal for alarm. Health activist Anand Rai said visitors to the city should be monitored closely.
Rajasthan has reported 5 more deaths as of Thursday, taking the toll since the beginning of the year to 73. “The deaths were reported from Jaipur, Dausa and Jodhpur. Besides, 19 more people tested positive Thursday for swine flu,” a health department official said.
The disease has created panic in the state, and over 270 people Thursday reached the state’s largest government-run SMS Hospital in Jaipur for swine flu tests.
An official said that till Wednesday, 437 people tested positive for the H1N1 virus, with the maximum of 152 from Jaipur.
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.
Haryana has witnessed at least 10 deaths due to swine flu this year while four have died in neighbouring Punjab. “Sixty-five positive cases of swine flu have been reported and ten casualties have been reported so far,” Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Ram Niwas said.
He said that all efforts were being made to monitor the spread of the disease and the patients were being treated in the isolation wards of various hospitals.
Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani said that 17 confirmed cases of swine flu have been reported in the state and four people have died due to the disease.
As of Thursday, 2 more died of swine flu in Telangana, taking the toll to 36 in the state. State health department said 71 samples were tested for H1N1 virus on Tuesday and out of them 18 were found positive. The authorities screened 2,047 samples since Jan 1 and out of them 686 were found positive.
The health department, however, claimed that due to a rise in temperature, the number of swine flu cases is declining. Officials said enough stocks of Tamilflu tablets have been made available at all district, teaching and area hospitals.
They advised people to take all precautions such as reporting to the hospital on the first symptoms of swine flu like high fever, sneezing, cough and body pain.