KILLER FLU

Madhya Pradesh swine flu death toll reaches 45

INDIA-HEALTH-SWINE-FLU Over 185 patients undergoing treatments at various government and private hospitals | AFP

The condition of swine-flue seems to be worsening in Madhya Pradesh with over 800 suspected cases reported from various parts of the state. The death toll reached 45 in last two months with 185 patients undergoing treatments at various government and private hospitals.

Of the total deaths, 15 were reported from capital Bhopal. Earlier, three patients had died in Indore, Khandwa and Sehore. 

Out of the 840 suspected cases, around185 patients have been found to be positive. Of these, 36 died according to figures reaching the health department. The toll is increasing everyday and unofficial estimates from media reports say that 45 people have died so far.

Sources in the Directorate of Health confirmed that 238 cases of suspected swine flu were reported from Bhopal alone. Of these, 67 people are being treated after they were tested positive.

Meanwhile, the health minister Rustam Singh, a retired IPS officer-turned-politician, asked people suffering from cold-cough to keep away from crowded places. He even asked people not to shake hands, instead, do namaskar with folded hands in order to prevent infection and transfer of virus.

He said instructions have been given to all the government hospitals and medical colleges to create special isolation wards and keep medicine ready in stock in case of emergency.

Madhya Pradesh is facing acute shortage of swine flu testing laboratories as there are only three such facilities in the state. The state government has testing centres in medical colleges run by the Union Health Ministry.

Going by the figures, the spread of swine flu this year is the most fatal in the last 10 years.

According to swine flue death figures of the last 10 years the disease is spreading very fast this year. In 2015 when the entire country faced high incidence of swine flu, as many as 2,445 cases were reported in the state of which 367 people died.

According to reports, most of the cases of suspected swine flu are being reported from the districts of Dhar, Gwalior, Morena, Raisen, Jabalpur and Indore. Though the health officials of the state are denying severity of such incidence, figures are speaking otherewise.

According to medical experts, the flu gets activated during the onset of clod season. The rains in Madhya Pradesh have brought temperature considerably triggering the growth of virus. Meanwhile, the health directorate of the state has asked the field hospitals to keep an eye on the situation and ensure supply of required medicine.

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