Ahmedabad: Following the first swine flu fatality in the state, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a meeting with Health Department officials to review the situation.
Modi also wrote a letter to Union Health Minister Gulam
Nabi Azad requesting him to supply more kits for testing blood
samples of suspected swine flu cases and also issue guidelines
for involving private hospitals in testing and treatment of
patients affected by the virus.
"CM held a review meeting regarding the preparedness of
the state health authorities in tackling the swine flu,"
Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said.
He said the Health Department has set up a task force,
consisting of senior officials, to ensure that adequate
measures are taken by all government hospitals to treat such
A 43-year-old NRI, who had come here from Atlanta in the
US ten days back, died today becoming the fourth fatality of
the deadly swine flu in the country.
Praveen Patel died of the highly infectious disease at
1.30 am at the city civil hospital, the first to succumb to
the ailment in Gujarat, State Health Secretary Ravi Saxena
Vyas added that so far 53 suspected cases of H1N1 flu
have been reported in the state, out of which 13 have been
"Out of the 13 cases, one has died, four are hospitalised
while eight persons have been discharged after treatment," he
said, adding the state government, with the help of some NGOs,
will launch an awareness campaign across the state.