With swine flu deaths spiraling in Madhya Pradesh and the infection spreading, the state government has finally gone into action mode by deciding to procure anti-viral tablets and protective kits to combat the disease, health department officials said.
The state government has decided to procure 30,000 Tamiflu tablets and 1,000 each of N-95 (protective) masks and personal protection equipment kits, they said.
The Union health ministry has also instructed the state government to conduct tests of ‘category B’ patients.
On Friday, the Union ministry held discussions with state health officials and sought details on the steps being taken to control viral flu.
With another death reported late on Friday night in Jabalpur, the figure of deaths due to swine flu in MP has gone up to 27, official sources said.
Earlier, 10 deaths were reported from Bhopal, 9 in Indore, 3 each in Gwalior and Ujjain, and one in Jabalpur due to swine flu.
On Friday night, Mukesh Kumar, 54, an employee of the MP Electricity Board died at the Medical College and Hospital in Jabalpur, said state joint director (health) Ranjana Gupta.
Health director (Integrated disease surveillance programme) Dr KL Sahu said of the 287 samples that were sent for testing since January this year, 87 have tested positive for H1N1 virus.
According to chief medical and health officer of Bhopal Dr Veena Sinha, 10 fresh cases tested positive in Bhopal on Saturday.
He further said that of the total 57 people who tested positive for H1N1 virus in Bhopal, 19 are undergoing treatment.
Till now, as per the protocol for swine flu treatment, swab tests of category A and category B patients were not conducted.
The swab tests of category C were conducted. The severity of the infection increases from category A to C, the health director said.
Dr Sahu said the government had placed an order of 30,000 Tamiflu from Rajasthan Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd, while masks and kits have been sought from the Centre.
CM reviews the situation
Given the spread of disease and its scare, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday reviewed the situation with officials of health department.
The CM directed the health department to ensure all measures for prevention, control and treatment of the disease.
Awareness should be created among the people on a large scale, he said.
State principal secretary of health Pravir Krishn said that in case patients were brought in for treatment on time, they were cured within three days and all necessary arrangements for this was available at government hospitals.
Special arrangements have been made at Hamidia Hospital in Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal, he added.
Private hospitals warned
Private hospitals have been warned by the health department not to refer patients to government hospitals after their condition worsened.
Action to extent of cancellation of registration would be initiated against such hospitals, the department has said, according to a government press release.
Deaths due to swine flu
Bhopal – 10
Indore – 9
Gwalior – 3
Ujjain – 3
Jabalpur - 2