Swine flu has again taken its toll in the country and claimed 23 deaths including 12 in Gujarat and 11 in Rajasthan on Saturday making the death total reach 136 and 153 in Gujarat and Rajasthan respectively this year.
After death reports from Ahmedabad (4), Surat (3), Kutch (3), Vadodara, Navsari, Aravalli and Gandhinagar districts in Gujarat, the government immediately held an emergency meeting to tackle the disastrous situation.
1,522 people have succumbed to death of swine flu this year, a government official said. Government announced that they will soon launch a helpline number for any enquiries regarding deadly disease. In addition, government is willing to provide free medicines to several regions.
“AMC will launch a helpline by tomorrow and a control room will be set up to answer the queries related to swine flu,” Pandian told PTI “We will also make all the necessary arrangement for treatment at dedicated wards in hospitals,” he added.
As a precautionary measure, the Women’s College of Aligarh Muslim University has been closed for five days. The decision was taken to control the spread of H1N1 virus when it was reported that one student got infected with the deadly virus, who had gone on a trip to Mysore, Ooty and Bengaluru along with 185 other college students. One can’t deny the possibility of other college student getting infected from the victim.
The student died in the journey to Delhi when he was taken to the capital for treatment as Aligarh has no centre that can cure H1N1. The medical team has started conducting tests for the girls who were on the trip. Eight girls might be infected the virus and are under observation. AMU chief medical officer Shariq Ali said, “The girls are under observation, and placed in isolation as a precaution.We will get reports of the tests in 48 hours. This is the time for precaution.”