BJP leader's son dies of swine flu in Chhattisgarh

Senior BJP leader and MP Chandulal Sahu's son Thursday died of swine flu at a private hospital here, taking the death toll due to H1N1 virus in Chhattisgarh this year to 34.

Raipur: Senior BJP leader and MP Chandulal Sahu's son Thursday died of swine flu at a private hospital here, taking the death toll due to H1N1 virus in Chhattisgarh this year to 34.

32-year-old Raju Sahu died while undergoing treatment for swine flu at Balaji Hospital, hospital's public relation officer Himanshu Sahu told PTI.

Raju was the elder son of Lok Sabha MP from Mahasamund constituency Chandulal Sahu.

He was admitted to the hospital on September 26 and his swab sample was sent for H1N1 infection test to New Delhi.

His reports arrived few days back which confirmed that he was H1N1 positive, Sahu said.

After his condition deteriorated, he was kept on ventilator support and was declared dead this morning, the PRO said.

So far, 34 people have succumbed to swine flu since January in the state while 194 patients tested positive for H1N1 virus during this period, Nodal Officer Health department KR Sonwani said.

However, reports of 11 samples of suspected swine flu patients are still awaited, Sonwani added.

The Health department has already directed to all the government and private hospitals to take preventive measures to control the spread of the disease and make proper arrangements for treatment of patients, he said.

Abundant supply of Tamiflu tablets is also being maintained in all the hospitals, he added.

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