Health minister Rajendra Rathore on Friday said patients approaching hospitals in the final stage of swine flu was the main reason behind an increase in swine flu deaths in the state.
He said such delayed referrals had led to a rise in swine flu deaths.
He further said 63% of the deaths in the state — recorded from January 1 to February 5 — had occurred within two days after being admitted to hospitals.
According to data available with the health department, there were 73 swine flu deaths between January 1 and February 5.
Of the 73 patients, 36 were male and 37 were female.
The health department said 44 deaths had taken place in urban areas and 29 in rural areas.
According to the department’s data, 53 patients died in government hospitals and 20 succumbed to swin flu in private hospitals.
The minister said: “Though it is too early to say that the swine flu has been contained in the state, our data shows that 107 patients tested positive for swine flu on February 3, whereas only 71 tested positive on February 4 and 60 on February 5.”