Gandhinagar, August 17: An outbreak of swine flu or the H1N1 virus in Gujarat has brought the disastrous result in the state. At least 208 have been killed so far due to an outbreak of swine flu in Gujarat since January 2017 and 1883 positive cases are registered due to which death toll may increase further effectively.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday visited New Civil Hospital of Surat to personally review the preparedness to check Swine Flu epidemic. CM Rupani inspected the isolation ward prepared for Swine Flu patients and asked doctors to provide best possible treatment.
The state government earlier on Wednesday informed that Gujarat has registered 1,883 positive cases of H1N1 or swine flu so far since January 2017 till Tuesday. The death toll due to the disease has reached 208 so far during this period. The urban areas of Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat were among the worst-affected areas.
Gujarat Health Minister Shankar Chaudhary informed that in the first six months of 2017, 256 cases were reported positive for H1N1, while in July 322 cases were reported. The health minister said, “While, in August so far, 1,305 cases were reported, out of which 994 patients are under treatment.” “So far since January, 208 lives are lost due to the disease," he added.
Minister Shankar Chaudhary further noted that the State government has deployed over 5,000 doctors and more than 17,000 health professionals are conducting door-to-door surveillance across the State for appraising, educating the peoples about swine flu. He stated that the State administration is well-equipped to deal with the emergency situation arising from the disease.
Giving a full stock of preparedness to tackle swine flu Minister Shankar said, "In Government and private hospitals 450 adult ventilators and 53 kids ventilators are available. Also, the state has a stock of more than 15 lakh Tamiflu capsules and over 3,000 syrup to meet the requirement arising from the spread of the disease."
However, the State government has also issued an advisory asking people to avoid crowded places, keep surroundings clean and hygienic and avoid handshakes to stop the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, the Gujarat High Court lashed out at the state government on Wednesday, asking what steps it had taken to check the spread of swine flu.
The High Court also asked the government whether private hospitals were charging exorbitant sums of money to carry out swine flu tests on patients. This was after advocate KR Koshti submitted, before the High Court, a report that swine flu had claimed over 200 lives in the state so far.