In four days, 46 positive swine flu cases and 2 deaths in Rajasthan; Jaipur worst hit
Considering the increasing cases of swine flu and other seasonal diseases in the state, the health department organised a door-to-door health screening and public awareness campaign from February 26 to 28 in 92 wards of Jaipur city and rural areasUpdated: Mar 05, 2018 23:38 IST
In just four days from March 1 to 4, a total of 46 people tested positive for swine flu and two died. In March 2016, there were 17 positive cases and five deaths, and in March last year, 39 had tested positive and nine died.
According to the health department, from January 1 to March 4 this year a total of 1134 swine flu positive cases have been reported across the state and the worst affected district is Jaipur with more than 700 positive cases and 30 deaths.
Additional director (rural health) Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur said additional chief secretary, medical and health, Veenu Gupta would hold a video conference on Wednesday with all officials of the department to review seasonal diseases.
Joint directors, chief medical and health officers, principal medical officers, reproductive and child health officers, and block chief medical and health officers will participate in the video conference.
Considering the increasing cases of swine flu and other seasonal diseases in the state, the health department organised a door-to-door health screening and public awareness campaign from February 26 to 28 in 92 wards of Jaipur city and rural areas.
The department is taking all measures to control swine flu and other seasonal diseases, health minister Kali Charan Saraf said. “On finding swine flu symptoms, instead of getting panicked, people should immediately get tested and take treatment,” he said.
Saraf said 3033 hospitals including primary and community health centres and district hospitals have functional screening centres along with 1580 isolation beds, 214 ICU beds and 198 ventilators. He said auxiliary nursing midwives (ANMs) and accredited social health activists (ASHAs) have been directed to screen patients by going door to door in affected areas and create awareness about swine flu.
Dengue cases are also on the rise in the state during the first quarter of the year. From January 1 to March 4, a total of 742 cases have been reported across the state. Apart from dengue, 130 cases of malaria and 108 cases of chikungunya have been reported.
Dr Mathur said, “Anti-larvae activities are being done to curb vector-borne diseases.” People are being made aware and asked not to get water accumulated in nearby areas. The department and local bodies are regularly fogging the affected areas, he added.