Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has tested positive for swine flu, but he is recuperating fast.
On Sunday, Gehlot tweeted that he tested positive for H1N1 virus. "I have tested positive for swine flu but I started treatment on time and there is improvement now,” he tweeted. Gehlot, who was campaigning for the party in Delhi, complained of cold, cough, and fever after returning on January 30. The Congress leader is recuperating at home and receiving regular medication, a personal secretary of Gehlot said.
In a series of tweets, Gehlot attacked the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in Rajasthan for not doing enough to contain the outbreak of the disease in the state.
The northern state has seen a spurt in swine flu cases in the last few weeks. The flu has claimed 49 lives in the month of January till Saturday while 203 persons have tested positive, as per health department data.
Two women were among the three patients who died at the Jawahar Lal Medical College in Ajmer on Sunday. The deceased were identified as Famida, 30, Anisa, 24 and Shyam Lal, 60. Seven deaths have been reported while 18 swine flu patients are undergoing treatment at the hospital so far.
“Why the government did not start awareness drive on time? People are dying due to lack of information (about the disease),” Gehlot tweeted. At the same time, he advised the people not to be scared as there is treatment for the disease if initiated on time.
Gehlot asserted that his government had made test for swine flu free of cost when the influenza had struck for the first time during his tenure. “Now what is the need of so much drama for testing?” he questioned.
The former chief minister also drew the attention towards lack of facilities at the Sawai Man Singh Hospital. “If this is the condition at the state’s biggest hospital, what would be situation in district hospitals?”
On Wednesday, Raje had announced that the people suffering from symptoms of swine flu would be tested for free at the six government medical colleges across the state on producing prescription from a government doctor. Health minister Rajendra Rathore had urged the people not to delay testing if they were suffering from symptoms of swine flu.