Swine Flu death toll reaches 230 in Gujarat, CM Rupani visits hospital

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New Delhi, Aug 18: Swine flu virus spreading rapidly in the country with Maharashtra – maximum number of cases and Gujarat with a disproportionate number of deaths.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani visited civil hospitals in four major cities as the death toll due to the H1N1 virus infection has gone up to 230.

“Rupani along with state health minister Shankar Chaudhary, today visited Civil Hospitals of Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara and Ahmedabad to take first hand information about the measures being taken by respective authorities to tackle swine flu in the state,” a government release said.

Gujarat, however reported only 903 cases, far behind Telangana (1493 cases), Kerala (1317), but has seen huge number of deaths after Maharashtra, raising serious concerns over the state’s ability to contain the spread.

Delhi has 928 cases of swine flu with four deaths cases while eight lives in Odisha with 103 persons affected.

“An advisory has been sent to all the district magistrates and commissioners in the state asking them to put on hold morning assembly prayers in all private and government schools in view of the swine flu scare,” principal secretary health and family welfare Prashant Trivedi told.

According to the report, patients have been categorised as ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ according to their symptoms. Only patients in the C-category have to be admitted to hospitals. 

To check the spread, the government has already formed a team including public health specialist, a physician, an epidemiologist, a pathologist and lab technician.

During his visit to Sir Sayajirao General Hospital in Vadodara, Rupani said, “Swine flu has claimed the lives of more than 200 people and 2,100 positive cases have been reported in the state so far, of which about 1,200 cases are reported from the four cities of Vadodara, Surat, Ahmedabad and Rajkot.”

“Hospitals in the state are equipped with ventilators, oxygen cylinders, and there is enough stock of tablets and other medicines. The government hospitals have set up isolation wards. But despite all these measures, we have requested the Centre to dispatch its team to the state to take stock of the situation and recommend ways to prevent the spread of the disease,” he said.

The government has set up isolation wards at all the government and civic hospitals and testing of the swine flu cases for confirming the case of swine flu, the minister said.

Wefornews Bureau

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