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Swine flu toll reaches 52 in Raj, Centre assures action

Swine flu toll reaches 52 in  Raj, Centre assures action
With three swine flu patients succumbing to the disease on Tuesday, the toll of the disease-related deaths in Rajasthan has mounted to 52. One person each of Chittorgarh, Jaipur and Kota died in government-run hospitals in the last 24 hours, an official of the state medical and health directorate said, referring to a report compiled at directorate.

Meanwhile, Union Health Secretary BP Sharma on Tuesday reviewed preparedness of the states affected with H1N1 virus to manage the situation. Sharma, who took over the charge replacing Lov Verma, held a video conference meeting with senior health officials of states of Rajasthan, Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, including health officials of Delhi.

“The situation was reviewed in terms of the adequacy of medicines and personal protective equipment such as masks with the state health departments, along with number of adequately equipped and functioning isolation wards. The review also included the training provided to the doctors, rapid response teams and para-medical staff at various district and other government hospitals,” an official statement released by Health Ministry on Tuesday said. In the review meet, the IEC campaigns mounted to create awareness among the masses regarding the disease, preventive steps to be taken was also discussed, the press statement stated.

Meanwhile, Jaipur Collector Krishna Kunal has directed schools not to conduct morning assembly sessions till February end, an official spokesman said. The medical and health minister also directed hospitals to submit test reports online within 12 hours. Leaves of doctors and medical staff have been cancelled in view of the exigency, minister RS Rathore said. The Medical and Health Directorate (MHD) has also set up a control room for swine flu and started telephone lines for patients, the official said.

Senior officers at the directorate with medical degrees have been sent to all district headquarters to monitor and provide aid to patients who are diagnosed at government hospitals, he said. State medical and health director BR Meena said the MHD was working round-the-clock on 11 points to prevent swine flu’s spread and for its treatment.

34 deaths in T’gana in a month
Hyderabad: Swine flu has claimed 34 lives in the past one month, even as 668 persons tested positive for the H1N1 virus so far this year in Telangana, the state government said on Tuesday.

From January 1 to February 1, 976 samples were tested, of which 668 samples were found to be positive. The number of deaths due to swine flu and other complications is 34, an official release said. As many as 39 samples out of the total 122 tested on Monday were found to be positive, it said.

The government, however, claimed that the number of positive cases reported in the last six days till Monday is showing a declining trend. “Enough stock of medicine is available at all teaching hospitals, district hospitals and area hospitals,” the statement said.
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