Swine flu kills 5 more, health dept asks people not to panic

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Feb 08, 2015 12:25 IST

Five more people died on Saturday of swine flu in the state, while 52 tested positive, the health department said on Saturday. The deaths have been reported from Ajmer, Jaipur, Barmer, Pali and Bhilwara.

The health department further said that over 1723 samples were taken for testing from January 1 till February 7, out of which 652 people tested positive and 80 people have died.

State level task force chairman, Dr Ashok Panagariya, after the review meeting on Saturday said that swine flu is on the decline in the state and there is no need to panic.

He said about 10-lakh tablets are available with government and private hospitals and there is sufficient stock of medicines. He added that 15000 vaccines of swine are available which are being administered to high risk cases.

The Sawai Man Singh hospital has 21 beds in intensive care unit for swine flu patients and screening at village levels is being done at primary health centres and if found positive, the patients are being referred.

Asked if educational institutions should announce holidays following the swine flu outbreak, Dr Panagariya said that announcing holiday in schools will accentuate panic among the people, whereas the situation is totally under control. Principal secretary medical and health, Mukesh Sharma, said that if any child suffers from common cold, cough or fever, parents should not send the him or her to school and immediately consult the doctor.

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