Swine Flu claimed 16 lives in MP since July 1
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Madhya Pradesh has lost 16 lives to the deadly Swine Flu since July 1, while 44 patients are being treated in various hospitals. As per reports of NDTV, a health department official was quoted: ‘Between July 1 and August 24, 16 patients died due to H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus infection. 18 patients are being treated in government hospitals and 26 in private hospitals”.
As many as 101 out of 456 suspected cases of Swine Flu have been tested positive in the state since July 1.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a meeting earlier today to discuss and review the various measures being taken to tackle the disease in the state.
The Chief Minister has directed officials to keep isolated wards ready for treating Swine Flu affected patients in various district hospitals, besides ensuring adequate stock of medicines.”The Chief Minister also said that private hospitals should be asked to start the treatment immediately if any patient is found with swine flu symptoms. They should also share information about such patients with the health department,” an official to NDTV was quoted.
Public Health Principal Secretary Gauri Singh has informed during the meeting that at the present moment facilities for screening and treatment of the disease are available in 65 hospitals across the state. Assuring the adequate stock of medicine, the secretary further said that sample testing to detect H1N1 infection cases is being done at laboratories in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, and Gwalior.
History of Swine Flu in the country:
India reported the first death caused by the deadly influenza virus in 2009 when a 14-year-old girl from Pune succumbed to the infection. In November that year- 3 months after the first reported death, the country reported 500 more deaths across various states.
In 2017, the country has reported 1094 swine flu related deaths with a maximum of 342 deaths reported in the month of August alone. The highest number of deaths 437 have reported in Maharashtra followed by Goa with 269 casualties.
The country has so far recorded 22,186 cases, with Maharashtra again leading with maximum 4,245 cases, followed by Goa with 3,029 – as per data released on Wednesday by the Union Health Ministry featured in HindustanTimes.