Swine flu has claimed over 193 lives in the country in January this year alone with Rajasthan reporting the highest number of deaths followed by Telangana and Delhi. Talking to reporters in Delhi yesterday, Additional Secretary in the Union Health Ministry, Arun Panda gave this information.
He said, the Secretary of the Ministry will hold a video conference with officials of the affected states today to discuss the measures to be taken to combat the disease.
The total number of cases of swine flu coming to light across India in January stood at 2,038 this year. While Delhi saw 488 persons coming down with the disease with five deaths reported between January 1 to February 1 of this year, Telangana recorded 629 cases with 34 deaths.
In Rajasthan, with the death of 3 more Swine flu patients death toll has reached 52. According to health department 931 samples were taken, out of which 259 were found positive this year. State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria tested positive for swine flu. He is undergoing treatment in Udaipur.
Health Minister has directed officials to provide swine flu reports within 12 hours of diagnosis. Jaipur district collector directed all government and private schools not to hold prayer meet till further orders.
In Gujarat, with the death of four more swine flu patients, the death toll has risen to 42 in the state since January. Three persons from Kutch and one from Banaskantha died yesterday. Meanwhile, 11 new cases have been registered in the state as the total number of swine flu cases has risen to 320.
State Health Minister Nitin Patel spoke to Union Health Minister J.P.Nadda over the phone on the prevailing situation of swine flu in the state. Mr.Patel said that a central team of senior officials and experts will visit Gujarat. It is likely to visit Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kutch region to review the preparedness of the state.