The swine flu situation in Madhya Pradesh is turning grave, with roughly one patient dying out of every four positive cases.
This became evident after state health minister Narottam Mishra shared the updated figures on flu outbreak across the state.
On Monday the overall positive cases across the state crossed 320 and the death toll reached 79. One patient died at BHRC in Bhopal and two died in Indore.
The minister said till Sunday, 847 people had undergone tests for H1N1 out of which 298 cases were found to be positive and 320 were found to be negative.
Mishra added that 76 people had died of swine flu in the state till Sunday.
He added that 216 people had recovered from the infection. When questioned about senior health officials furnishing different figures in the evening after a press meet, the health minister said the figures he had shared were accurate and updated.
Three doctors in Bhopal tested positive for H1N1 on Monday, taking the total number of positive cases in the city to 158.
On Monday, 23 people tested positive for H1N1 in Bhopal and 51 fresh samples were sent for testing. Till date, 24 people have died in Bhopal due to swine flu.
When the Hindustan Times spoke to the chief medical and health officer of Bhopal (CMHO), Dr Veena Sinha, she confirmed that one doctor at JP Hospital and another one at BMHRC had tested positive for H1N1. "One diabetic person died at BMHRC due to H1N1," she added.
In Indore, two patients succumbed to H1N1 on Monday while another patient classified in the C-category is on ventilator support. With this, the total count of confirmed deaths in Indore reached 38.
Around 20 suspected deaths are yet to be confirmed. Two fresh swine flu admissions were reported in Indore while 111 patients had come for screening at the MY hospital.
"The problem is that patients reach the hospital after they are extremely critical," Dr Rahul Rokde, the public relations officer of MGM Medical College, said.
Health officials convened a meeting and decided that they would not wait for reports and start treatment. They also decided to start a health-cum-awareness check-up camp in the rural areas and slums.
"Making people aware about the symptoms and compelling them to get themselves tested is our priority," Anisha Isaac, a health officer, said.