The collector of Sagar district Ashok Kumar Singh has appealed to people not to shake hands to avoid contracting infection and instead fold hands in ‘namaskar’ to greet each other.
The task force constituted under district health committee had met on Monday to take stock of various arrangements and strategise on the future course of action during a meeting chaired by Singh.
Meanwhile, the death toll due to swine flu touched 85 across the state with two suspected deaths reported from Harda. The number of positive cases on the other hand crossed 362.
According to health officials, since January 1 till Monday, 961 people were screened in the state out of which 352 have been tested positive and 356 negative. The number of people who have recovered from H1N1 infection after treatment is 126, said health officials.
In Indore, on Tuesday four women died because of swine flu at MY Hospital. Three fresh H1N1 positive cases have been detected and fresh 17 samples have been sent for testing.
Bhopal reported 5 H1N1 positive cases on Tuesday, taking the figure of total positive cases this season to 163. Samples of fifteen suspected patients were sent fort testing from Bhopal.
The swine flu infection has also reached chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s home district Sehore, where two people have been tested positive. Chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Sehore RK Gupta confirmed that two patients, who were found to be infected with swine flu, had been refereed to Bhopal for treatment.
Hundreds of scared people with cold and cough symptoms are rushing to the government hospitals at JP and Hamidia to get themselves checked.
Because of this, the number of suspected patients whose samples are being sent for the tests too has increased.
Follwoing this, chief medical and health officer Bhopal (CMHO) Dr Veena Sinha said that to reduce backlog of H1N1 samples, they were now sending samples to Gwalior lab in addition to Jabalpur. Earlier, the samples from Bhopal were sent to Jabalpur lab only.
“Our teams are talking to H1N1 positive people individually. Vaccination for exposed healthcare providers has been made available at JP hospital and Hamidia,” she said.
In Gwalior Chambal region, four people were diagnosed with swine flu on Tuesday.
Till now, 49 people have tested positive in Gwalior region and five people have died of swine flu.
In Jabalpur district, though health officials said no fresh cases was detected on Tuesday, till now four people have died there from H1N1 infection and 27 have tested positive till now.
Swine Flu Control Coordination Committee review meeting
On Tuesday, chief secretary Anthony deSa reviewed the swine flu situation in the state during a meeting of Swine Flu Control Coordination Committee.
He sought information about treatment being offered at government and private hospitals. It was informed in the meeting that delay at the level of patients and family was reason for complications and deaths.
The committee members said the directives had been given to administer Tamiflu even to suspected patients. The meeting also stressed that the dose of necessary vaccine should also be administered to doctors and others engaged in treatment of swine flu patients.
The meeting also pointed out that health and medical education departments were making joint efforts to check the spread of H1N1.
Anganwadi works of Women and Child Development Department and ASHA workers have been asked to spread awareness about the disease.
Meanwhile, health officials said that local staff had been activated in districts.
For taking stock of treatment, teams of officers from state capital will leave on tour from February 18.