The officials said maximum number of cases was reported from Karnal followed by four each from Kurukshetra and Fatehabad. Nine deaths were reported from five districts —three in Kurukshetra, two each in Karnal and Sirsa and one each in Hisar and Bhiwani.
In 2012, Gurgaon reported six cases, with the last registered in December at Medanta-The Medicity.
The department has asked civil surgeons to provide isolation wards or rooms in hospitals and to ensure that linen, blood pressure apparatus and thermometer are separately available those rooms. Also, dedicated physicians, nurses and paramedical staff have to be made available. Large oxygen cylinders, pulse oxymeters and portable X-ray machine too should be installed in the isolation ward.
The civil surgeons have been directed to tie up with private hospitals which can provide ventilator facilities for the patients, if referred from government institutions.
A health department spokesperson also said that instructions have been issued to the Rapid Response Team for investigation of H1N1 positive cases. They have been directed if there is any suspected or positive case, the information should be conveyed to State Surveillance Unit.