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Five more test positive for swine flu, but no signs of tabs arriving

Five new patients tested positive for swine flu in the city on Friday. This has taken the number of people affected with the virus to 22. The disease has so far claimed two lives in the state. A special cell has been opened at Swastha Bhawan to monitor the situation.

kolkata Updated: Feb 14, 2015 13:01 IST
HT Correspondent

Five new patients tested positive for swine flu in the city on Friday. This has taken the number of people affected with the virus to 22. The disease has so far claimed two lives in the state.

Health secretary Malay Kumar Dey said, “We are monitoring the situation closely. We appeal to people not to panic. Initially, we had ordered Tamiflu tablets from Hyderabad. But since Telangana is one of the most affected states, the consignment was diverted there. We later sent an official to Mumbai who is on his way back with the medicines.” Sources, however, said it could still take some for the tablets to reach.

A special cell has been opened at Swastha Bhawan to monitor the situation. “Medicines are being distributed to various government hospitals from the Bhawan. We are also sending medicines to private hospitals,” Dey said.

He said since the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) at Beliaghata is the only institute in eastern India where throat swab samples are tested, the health department is getting a ready count of people infected with the virus.

He added that out of two infected children who are admitted to BC Roy Hospital in Beliaghata, the condition of one is critical. Four more children were admitted to the hospital on Friday with suspected swine flu infection. Throat swab samples of all the children have been sent for testing at NICD.