With two more deaths during the past 24 hours, the toll of swine flu in Haryana rose to 15 on Friday.
Additional director general, health services, Dr Kamla Singh told HT that a middle-aged patient, Veena, from Kurukshetra and 50-year-old Surender from Karnal succumbed to the flu. Both the patients were in critical condition in two different private hospitals, Dr Singh added.
She said that with the number of positive cases in Haryana had also risen to 105 with the worst-hit districts including Faridabad, Rohtak, Jind, Karnal and Hisar.
She said that lack of awareness among people who delay diagnosis and treatment -- which is available with all the government health centers in the state -- was one of the main reasons for the spread of the virus. She said that the flu was likely to wither with the ebbing of winter climate.
Meanwhile, according to official information, health department has made adequate arrangements for the treatment of patients hit by the virus. Adequate stock of Tamiflu has been made available, ventilators provided and isolation wards had been set up in all hospitals of the state.
Meanwhile, additional chief secretary, health, Ram Niwas said all the civil surgeons had been directed to hold a meeting with Indian Medical Association (IMA) at their districts units and report daily to the state surveillance unit and instruct private hospitals to strictly follow the guidelines regarding the flu.
He urged the people not to panic as the situation was under control, take preventive measures and consult government health centres in case of flu symptoms.