Punjab swine flu death toll 29; 13 more test positive

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2015 23:32 IST

The Punjab health department on Friday confirmed 29 deaths because of swine flu in the state as of date, besides 13 fresh positive cases of the 18 examined.

The number of patients in the isolation wards has reached 95, a health department spokesman has said here. On Thursday, the state advisory committee on H1N1 had assembled here under the chairmanship of Dr D Bahra of the department of pulmonary medicine in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

Experts from all three government medical colleges and other prestigious medical institutions in the state were at the meeting to go over the guidelines about contact tracing and vaccination. “The expert committee was worried over the high fatality rate because of late reporting and co-morbid health conditions,” said the spokesman.

The committee observed that early reporting of swine flu cases at the health institutions would help reduce the fatality rate. More information is available on the health department helpline 104.

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