Rajasthan Govt step up measures to tackle swine flu
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Last Updated: Monday, November 09, 2009, 18:21
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 said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, November 09, 2009, 18:21

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