Jaipur: A day after the death toll in the
city due to swine flu reached 17, the Rajasthan government
on Monday stepped up measure to contain the spread of the virus.
Thirty private hospitals have been authorised to treat
patients affected with the H1N1 virus and 17 new centres set
up to collect samples, an official said.
While two private laboratories here have been given
licence to conduct swab tests, efforts are underway to set up
government-run laboratories in Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer, and
Bikaner, he said.
Arrangements have been made in all medical colleges for
sale of Tamiflu medicine to patients on the prescription of
doctors, the official said.
Rapid Response teams have been instituted and training to
135 doctors provided to tackle the disease, he said.
Dhanni Ram Arya (44), a secretariat employee, died of
swine flu at a private hospital yesterday, taking the toll due
to the virus to 17, he said.
Of the fifty two fresh positive H1N1 cases reported
yesterday, forty-four case were of school going children, O P
Gupta, Director Medical and Health (Public Health) told a
press conference here.
At least 12 private schools in the state capital have
been closed till November 14, Gupta said.
In the last five months, altogether 73,449 passengers
were screened at airports in the state, whereas out of 558
samples tested 190 patients were found positive of H1N1. There
were only 320 negative reports of the pandemic disease, Gupta