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Swine flu deaths: Surveillance to be upped in Jodhpur

The health department is taking a slew of measures, including strengthening surveillance, to control the rapid spread of swine flu in Jodhpur. The district has a 20% death rate due to the virus.

jaipur Updated: Jan 30, 2018 21:20 IST
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In Jodhpur, a total of 54 swine flu positive cases and 11 deaths have been reported between January 1 and 29.
In Jodhpur, a total of 54 swine flu positive cases and 11 deaths have been reported between January 1 and 29. (HT Photo)

The health department is taking a slew of measures, including strengthening surveillance, to control the rapid spread of swine flu in Jodhpur. The district has a 20% death rate due to the virus.

In Jodhpur, a total of 54 swine flu positive cases and 11 deaths have been reported between January 1 and 29.

Additional director (rural health) Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur said that based on the feedback from the central team that visited Jodhpur and Pali, additional chief secretary medical and health Veenu Gupta reviewed the situation on Tuesday.

Gupta has directed strengthening surveillance, appointing a nodal officer and organising short continuous medical education medical officers and doctors.

“Surveillance will be strengthened and on finding a swine flu positive case, 50 houses in the vicinity of the patient will be screened. A nodal officer will be appointed to keep a strict watch on the situation so that necessary measures can be taken,” said Dr Mathur.

He said that it has been decided to organise a short continuous medical education (CME) at SN Medical College Jodhpur on February 2 for Jodhpur zone. The participants will be informed about treatment, prevention, control and latest update on swine flu.

He said that short CME will be organised for Jodhpur zone in which doctors of medical college Jodhpur, chief medical and health officer of Jodhpur, block chief medical officers of Jodhpur district, junior specialists of community health centre of the district and medical officer in-charge of all government dispensary of Jodhpur city will take part.

He said faculties of microbiology, medicine and preventive and social medicine (PSM) will deliver lectures on swine flu and how to deal with it.

There were a total of 648 swine flu positive cases and 45 deaths between January 1 and 29 in the state.

The department is taking measures to control the disease, however, the number of H1N1 cases refuse to go down.

Dr Mathur said that the maximum number of swine flu cases — 461— have been reported from Jaipur district, followed by 54 in Jodhpur, 24 in Alwar, 14 in Pali, 12 in Ajmer, 10 in Jhunjhunu and eight in Nagaur.

Similarly, the maximum of 13 deaths has taken place in Jaipur, followed by 11 in Jodhpur, four in Pali, three each in Ajmer and Alwar, two in Hanumangarh, one each in Tonk, Nagaur, Karauli, Dausa, Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Jalore.