618 persons Succumb to Swine Flue in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Telangana

03 March,New Delhi

As many as 618 persons succumbed to Swine Flu in three States- Gujarat, Rajasthan and Telangana,
According to official souces.

In Gujarat, swine flu has claimed 8 more lives in 24 hours taking the total number of deaths to 283 since January. Three more deaths were reported from Ahmedabad district, while one death each reported from Surat, Anand, Jamnagar, Gandhinagar and Amreli yesterday.

According to Health Department sources, 152 new cases of swine flu were reported across the state taking the total number of cases of H1N1 virus to 4766 till date.

Maximum 41 cases have been reported from Ahmedabad district alone, while Surat district has reported 18 new cases during last 24 hours. Meanwhile, state Government has claimed that 3238 patients have been cured from swine flu so far.

Similarly in Rajasthan, death toll due to swine flu rose to 277 with ten more casualties reported Monday .

Health Minister Rajender Rathore has directed health officials to remain vigilant for swine flu cases due to sudden change in the weather condition.

The Health Minister directed officials to continue screening work in the state. State level Task force on swine flu directed doctors put serious H1N1 patient on ventilator immediately.

Meanwhile , in Telangana, one more person succumbed to Swine Flu, while 24 new cases have been reported since yesterday. The death toll in the state has reached 58. The total number of H1N1 positive cases in the state has gone up to 1, 558 since last month.

In Andhra Pradesh, the total number of positive cases has crossed one hundred, with three more persons testing positive for the virus. With several parts in the two states receiving rainfall over the last two days, health officials are asking people to be alert and report to the nearest area, or district hospitals when detected with symptoms of Swine Flu.

The newly formed PDP-BJP Government has taken very seriously to the growing incidence of Swin Flu .

The state Cabinet has reviewed the latest status of the spread of Swine flu in the State and the availability of medicines, protective kits and testing facilities in this regard.

Taking a serious view of the non-availability of testing facilities for H1N1 in Jammu, the Cabinet ordered the immediate establishment of such a facility at Government Medical College, Jammu at a cost of Rs. 6.30 crore.

The Cabinet also decided to start a second H1N1 testing facility at Chest Disease Hospital, Srinagar for which the necessary equipment and regents are being procured on a war footing.

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