Three officials of the Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board have contracted swine flu, said sources on Monday while 36 positive cases were reported from Bhopal on Monday.
Over 1,460 people have tested positive and 193 people have died since January 1 in Madhya Pradesh, said health officials.
Fearing the cloudy weather in the coming days may lead to a surge in the number of H1N1 cases, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a review meeting of the state coordination committee for swine flu control here on Monday.
He announced that the state government would bear the expenses of the treatment of the poor people in private hospitals till March 31. Earlier the government had announced this measure would be operational till March 15.
In the meeting, Chouhan has said that preventive measures for swine flu control must be continued in view of change in weather. He decided to continue treatment of swine flu patients in private hospitals under CM's Discretionary Fund till March 31.
Chouhan sought area-wise information about arrangements for swine flu treatment. He directed to increase awareness about sanitation. He directed that Tamiflu should be made available in adequate quantity in centres set up for testing of swine flu.
"The medicine should also be made available in hospitals in nearby areas of major cities. Special attention should also be paid that doctors and paramedical staff engaged in swine flu treatment are not infected by it," he said.
Chouhan was informed that number of swine flu patients visiting hospitals for test had decreased by 30 to 40% and lives of 1067 swine flu patients had been saved in the state.
At Bhopal, Gwalior and Jabalpur, 200 swine flu samples were being tested every day. For treatment, 550 screening centres have been set up.
Over 2.5 lakh Tamiflu tablets have been made available to private and government hospitals in the state, which the officials maintain were enough till March 31.
Health department has decided to launch state-wide health dialogue campaign. From March 16 to 31, as many as 90,000 employees of health department and 980 mamta raths would visit door-to-door to make people aware about swine flu, dengue, malaria and diarrhoea. They will advise people for early treatment.
The CM directed that apart from chalking out schemes, their effective implementation should also be ensured.