The death toll due to swine flu in Madhya Pradesh has risen to 102 as of Sunday as the country braced up to more cases in neighbouring states as well.
The state health department officials informed the number to a visiting central team to various states to access the situation following the outbreak of the contagious H1N1 viral disease.
Pravir Krishna, principal secretary, health, said 455 screening centres for swine flu have been set up at district hospitals and community health centres.
Around 75,000 people are being screened daily and 311 patients have recovered.
According to official statistics, 17 people have died in Haryana due to swine flu this year, while a section of private doctors in Haryana has accused the state health department of discouraging laboratory tests in private hospitals for swine flu with a view to downplay the number of cases in the state.
The department recently delisted the respected Dr Lal Path Labs that was earlier recognised by the government for swine flu tests.
Private labs have also been banned from providing number of positive swine flu cases to the public or talk about the cases they are handling.
“The actual number is much higher than what the state claims. The government is either underestimating the situation or just down-playing swine flu,” Suman Yadav, Indian Medical Association (IMA) district president, told IANS.
However, Kuldeep Singh, president of the Haryana Civil Medical Services Association (HCMSA), told IANS: “Private sector has been creating panic in the society just to exploit the situation to make more money.
He said no private lab in Haryana was now permitted to test for H1N1. Only the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) reports are deemed authentic, he added.
No new case of swine flu was reported in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday, a health official said as the state reported 20 positive cases so far, out of which three patients have died.
“Five tests were conducted in the IGMCH here and all were found negative,” surveillance officer Rajesh Guleri told IANS.
He said three tests were conducted in the Rajendra Prasad Medical College and Hospital at Tanda town in Kangra district and the reports were awaited.
Of the three deaths, two were reported from the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH), while the third was reported from the Rajendra Prasad Medical College and Hospital.(IANS)