Two people died of swine flu here on Thursday in Rajasthan while a total of 44 new cases tested positive in the state, said the health officials. According to Health Department officials, of the 44 cases, 17 patients are from Jodhpur, nine from Jaipur, three each from Sikar and Barmer, two each from Kota, Pali, Ajmer and Udaipur and one each in Tonk, Jaisalmer, Dausa and Rajsamand.
It is worth mentioning here that January and February have always been challenging months for health department while combating swine flu. Last year in January 2018, total 705 people were tested positive for swine flu while 53 deaths occurred. For the month of February the figure was 383 positive cases and 43 deaths.
Following the winter season, the Health department conducted a video conference on swine flu directing the officials to take preventive measures in which swine flu situation in the state was reviewed. The department now has focussed on early detection and spreading awareness about swine flu to prevent spread of H1N1 virus.
Health minister Raghu Sharma said: “We will do the needful to check the spread of the virus. The health department is on alert to bring the situation under control. The cases of death have been unfortunate. I have urged the health department to ensure no further casualties happen due to the virus. People should get timely treatment,” the minister said.
Sharma has directed the officials to make separate outdoor arrangements for the diagnosis and treatment of the virus at hospitals attached to medical colleges, district hospitals and sub-divisional hospitals in the state. He has asked to put banners indicating about separate outdoor arrangement at hospitals.
He appealed to the people not to fear swine flu. In case of symptoms such as cold and joint ache, the patient should rush to the nearest health centre or hospital. Sharma said the biggest challenge was to cure the patients and check the rising number of patients.