Three persons, including a woman, succumbed to swine flu here on Friday, taking the toll of the disease-related deaths to 19 in the New Year, an official of the state medical and health department said.
Laxmi Sharma, 35, of Bundi district died at a private hospital here while 42-year-old Vishwanath Ajmera of the city’s Jhotwara area died at SMS hospital, the official said.
Ramsharan, 36, of Vanasthali succumbed to the H1N1 virus at another private hospital, he said.
On Thursday, 30-year-old Rambabu of Jaisinghpurakhor village near here died at a private hospital while 52-year-old Kailash Khandelwal from Dausa died at the SMS hospital, the official said.
According to the health department, out of 293 samples taken from January 1 to 23, 76 were found positive.
So far, seven from Jaipur, two each from Barmer, Tonk and Banswara and one each in Ajmer, Bikaner, Dausa, Kota, Bundi and Nagaur districts.
Of the 262 samples sent for test since January in the state, 62 were found H1N1 positive. Fifteen out of 33 districts were showing scattered presence of H1N1, he said.
Meanwhile, state medical and health minister RS Rathore held a high level meeting of medical officers here on Friday.
He directed them to take longterm measures to contain the spread of the dreaded disease and provide immediate testing and treatment facilities to patients.
“All government hospitals should undertake strict vigilance and preventive measures for H1N1 disease. They should also launch awareness programmes in the state,” Rathore said.