Alert: Swine Flu Cases in Punjab on the Rise

NEW DELHI: Rajasthan continues to remain the worst hit with swine flu as the number of disease-related deaths hit 85 in the state, while 2,263 patients have been found positive with the influenza, according to a National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) report released on February 3.

The State of Punjab has reported 50 people dead of the swine flu H1N1. The deaths have started to increase day by day and the swine flu seems to be increasing. Many people who have the symptoms haven’t been diagnosed with the swine flu due to many hospitals not accurately diagnosing people and or not treating the illness correctly. People in Punjab are complaining the government hospitals don’t have the capability to treat the illness.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, has so far killed 226 across the country.

On Wednesday, a meeting was held by the health ministry headed by Secretary Preeti Sudan to review on action taken to deal swine flu.

The health ministry said that it has deputed a Public Health Team to Rajasthan to assess the situation and assist the states in strengthening response to the increase in cases. Additional teams to Gujarat and Punjab to assist the states in outbreak response has also been ordered.

“Regular video conferences are being held to monitor the situation. States have been advised to involve district collectors in enhancing public awareness and outbreak response,” the ministry stated. Via ANI

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