3 days, 31 deaths; Gujarat swine flu toll touches 210

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Gujarat, August 16: Gujarat is reeling under an alarming situation as 31 swine flu (H1N1) deaths have been reported in just three days (Sunday to Tuesday) across the state.

As many as 13 people died on Sunday, 11 on Monday and seven on Tuesday, mostly from four major cities – Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot – where hospitals are witnessing a majority of the cases.

So far 210 people have lost lives in the state since January.

“While all government hospitals are well equipped to treat patients, a dedicated helpline number 104 has been launched,” said Health Commissioner Jayanti Ravi.

This season the state has witnessed a total 1,883 H1N1 cases so far. Out of this, 681 people have been have been cured, 994 are under treatment while 210 have died, according to the government’s latest health bulletin.

A medical staff works at the Swine flu (H1N1) isolation ward of the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, in Ahmedabad on August 12, 2017. (AFP)

On Tuesday, seven persons infected with the virus passed away. Two deaths were reported from Kutch, one death each was reported from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Gir Somnath, Sabarkantha and Surat.

Around as 129 fresh cases of swine flu were registered on Tuesday, including 55 in Ahmedabad, 31 in Vadodara, six in Gandhinagar and five in Junagadh, among others.

The rising cases lead Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to hold a review meeting with senior government officials over the weekend.

The government ensured that 17,000 teams have launched an intense door-to-door surveillance across the state by roping in ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) and Anganwadi workers besides malarial surveillance squads.

The team includes nearly 40,000 Anganwadi workers, 5,000 doctors and 3,000 AYUSH doctors, an official release read.

Wefornews Bureau

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