Critical care experts on Monday said patients should be admitted to the hospital on time to prevent swine flu deaths. At a meeting held to take stock of the efforts made to prevent and treat swine flu in the state, the national level critical experts expressed satisfaction on the arrangements at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital and said patients showing swine flu symptoms should be admitted to the hospital so they could be provided treatment after getting the samples tested.
The team visited SMS Hospital and met state-level task force chairman Dr Ashok Panagariya. Dr Panagariya said over 1.90 lakh people with influenza-like symptoms were screened and treated in the state from January 1 to February 15 and. Of these, 6,544 samples were tested and 2,569 people were tested positive for swine flu, while 165 people have succumbed to this disease.
Mean while, Vaidya Radheyshyam Sharma, vice chancellor of Rajasthan Ayurveda University, Jodhpur, said lakhs of people were given the ayurvedic concoction to prevent swine flu and there had been no reports from them getting infected by swine flu.
He said for the first time, the government had roped in the ayurveda department to prevent and treat this disease for which the Ayurveda University, Ayurveda Medical College, Udaipur, and National Institute of Ayurveda collaborated and distributed medicines free of cost at government health institutions and ayurveda dispensaries. Vaidya Sharma said: “Efforts will be made to investigate and research swine flu so that the ayurvedic treatment is made available.” He said the government would be asked to give this concoction along with Tamilfu to the swine flu patients.