Two patients with H1N1 flu died at the Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital in Indore. And with 31 people testing positive for H1N1 virus in Bhopal, the total number of confirmed swine flu cases in the state capital has gone up to 357 since January this year, said a health official. Chief medical and health officer, Bhopal Dr Veena Sinha said 31 people had tested positive for H1NI virus in Bhopal on Friday.
She said a total of 357 people have tested positive for the virus in the Bhopal since January this year. The viral flu has so far claimed 35 lives in the capital, she said, adding that 53 throat swab samples have been sent to the labs at AIIMS in Bhopal and Gwalior for testing for H1N1 virus. She said 36 people with suspected H1N1 virus infection were being treated at government hospitals, while 141 suspected patients were receiving treatment in privately-run hospitals in Bhopal.
"Fifty-eight confirmed cases are being treated in Bhopal at present," she said, adding that 47 patients have been discharged after they recovered from the viral infection. Since January 1, 1,182 samples have been sent for testing.
The coordination committee constituted to monitor swine flu situation in the state met and decided that the free treatment for those who cannot afford it at private hospitals would be borne by the government till March 15.
State health officials said that the government had ensured availability of Oseltamivir capsules and tablets for swine flu control across the state. The state controller food and drug administration has made arrangements for anti-viral Oseltamivir capsules to chemists and medical stores at district and divisional headquarters. Thirteen medical shops in Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Ujjain have been given license to sale swine flu medicines.
Adequate number of capsules and tablets have been made available in each shop. Meanwhile, two more suspected H1N1 flu deaths were reported in Indore, taking the total death toll in the city to 90 since January this year. Fifty-six people have tested positive for H1N1 virus in the city since January this year, a health official said. In Indore, two patients died at the MY Hospital and another person with H1N1 symptoms was admitted at the isolation ward, said Dr Sanjay Dixit, the head of the hospital’s community department.
Dixit said 24 patients are being treated for the virus at the isolation ward of the MY Hospital.