127 flu deaths in R'than in 3 months

State sees highest H1N1 casualties in four years; over 700 cases reported

The swine flu virus has taken a heavy toll this season in Rajasthan.  
According to the state medical department, at least 127 deaths due to the virus have been reported in the state in a little over three months, beginning last November. This is also the highest number of casualties in the past four years.

After Jodhpur, the highest number of swine flu cases has been reported from Jaipur. Two IAS officers, Vipin Chandra Sharma and Navin Mahajan, are also down with the disease. 

After a few cases of swine flu were reported from SMS Medical College, the authorities have ordered for vaccination of all students as a preventive measure.
The government is finally waking up to the seriousness of the situation, and now has directed health officers to screen positive cases at the dispensary level.

At least 709 positive cases have been reported so far. After screening patients at the dispensary level — there are 35 dispensaries in Jaipur — patients will be referred to four satellite hospitals. Earlier, positive H1N1 cases were referred to SMS Hospital.

But considering the congestion in the main hospital, the administration has directed to refer suspicious cases to satellite hospitals as well.

According to health department principal secretary Deepak Upreti, the department has increased vigil to tackle the situation.

Although the situation was alarming, the district administration did not realise it till late as it assumed winter is ending and the spread of the disease will subside as the temperature rose.

“Declaring holidays for schools and other such measures may create panic. But we are keeping a close watch on the situation,” said a district
officer.

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