Swine flu deaths continued to spiral in Madhya Pradesh with six more persons succumbing to the disease on Saturday, taking the toll to 62 since January this year, said a health official.
With two deaths reported in Bhopal on Saturday and six suspected deaths reported in Indore, the figure of deaths due to swine flu in state has gone up to 62, the official said.
Chief medical and health officer Bhopal Dr Veena Sinha said 13 people had tested positive for H1NI virus in Bhopal on Saturday taking the total number of 116 people testing positive for the virus in the city since January this year.
With this, the total figure of positive cases in Bhopal since January this year has reached 116, she said, adding that the total positive cases in the state has crossed over 240.
She said that 55 fresh samples of suspected patients have been sent to a lab in Jabalpur for testing.
Meanwhile, a source in the state health department said while one woman died in due to swine flu at the state-run LBS hospital and another died at the Paliwal hospital in Bhopal, taking the toll to 19 in Bhopal.
With four suspected swine flu deaths in Indore, the toll in the city has reached 33, said a medical official in a hospital in Indore.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Dr Sanjay Dixit, vice dean of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Indore, said out of total four patients who died, two were from Indore and two from Dhar district.
He said samples of all four deceased have been sent to the lab in Jabalpur.
A 24-hour control room and helpline have been set up at the JP Hospital with telephone numbers 0755-2551291, 2551293 and mobile number 9425167877.
Schools alerted on swine flu
Schools in Bhopal district - both government and privately-run - have been alerted on swine flu and school authorities have been asked to follow precautionary guidelines, said KPS Tomar, the Bhopal district education officer.