Swine flu deaths push toll to 21, health department on high alert
The death of two more swine flu patients on late Friday night in Jaipur has taken the total number of swine flu deaths in the state to 21. Director of public health Dr BR Meena said till Saturday, 77 out of a total of 294 samples had tested positive for swine flu.jaipur Updated: Jan 25, 2015 13:18 IST
The death of two more swine flu patients on late Friday night in Jaipur has taken the total number of swine flu deaths in the state to 21. Additional directorate general, directorate general of central health, Dr MS Dharamsattu, and a team from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) held a meeting at the health directorate in Jaipur to review the situation and check the rapid increase in swine flu deaths in the state.
The team visited Sawai Man Singh Hospital here and took stock of the arrangements for swine flu treatment.
The team emphasised on the need for taking preventive measures so that medical personnel who were treating the swine flu patients did not fall ill. Director of public health Dr BR Meena said till Saturday, 77 out of a total of 294 samples had tested positive for swine flu. Twenty one of these people have died. He said sufficient quantity of medicines was available in the state for treating swine flu and medicines were being provided free of cost.
He said masks and other preventive gadgets were also being distributed. Health minister Rajendra Rathore directed the medical and health department to be alert and ensure effective control of swine flu. He asked them to provide immediate treatment if the samples tested positive for swine flu. Rathore said if a patient reported to the hospital with symptoms of cold and cough, the samples should be sent to the concerned district hospital for investigation. He said if the samples tested positive for swine flu, the doctor should screen all those who had come in contact with the patient. Principal secretary of medicine and health JC Mohanty on Saturday morning inspected Sawai Man Singh Hospital and oversaw the arrangements made for treating swine flu patients.