Hyderabad: Fifty new cases of swine flu have been reported in Telangana this year, taking the total number of cases in the state to 290 so far after the outbreak last December.
Government-run hospitals in Hyderabad have sent blood samples of 100 more people for H1N1 tests to the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) in Hyderabad. Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) director L. Narendranath Saturday told reporters that one woman died of swine flu Friday, taking the toll to 21.
Narendranath, who is also the government’s spokesman on swine flu, said 12 people died last month and nine this month. He said 150 beds have been arranged at Osmania Hospital and NIMS to deal with the increasing number of cases.
Patients, who don’t require life support system, are being shifted from Gandhi Hospital, the nodal centre for swine flu, to other hospitals so that doctors can attend to critical cases.
Meanwhile, Hyderabad has witnessed increasing number of people wearing breathing masks on the roads and less traffic in many areas. The authorities have arranged more beds and medicines at major government-run hospitals in Hyderabad, including neighbouring Ranga Reddy district, which together account for 90 percent of the cases.
The spokesman said 24 mobile medical teams, with two doctors and an auxiliary nurse each, have been pressed into service in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy and the medical teams are also screening the inmates of those houses, which reported positive cases.