Swine flu claims 8 more lives in Gujarat; toll rises to 144

While 152 new swine flu cases were reported on Sunday, the total number of positive cases this year has touched 1,674.

By: Press Trust of India | Ahmedabad | Updated: February 15, 2015 8:34:41 pm
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Swine flu claimed eight more lives in Gujarat, taking the toll to 144 since January this year, while 152 cases were reported, officials said here Sunday.

“Eight more deaths were reported due to swine flu in Gujarat on Sunday. Two deaths each were reported from districts of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, while one death each was reported from Kutch, Vadodara, Surat and another area,” Health Commissioner J P Gupta said.

He said that while 152 new swine flu cases were reported on Sunday, the total number of positive cases this year has touched 1,674.

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel said that state and civic officials were doing their best to tackle the situation.

“Swine flu cases are on the rise not only in Gujarat, but across the country. Each person should take care of himself,” she told reporters here.

“The state and civic administrations are doing their best. We have provided proper facilities in our hospitals, whether they are in Kutch, Ahmedabad or Surat. We have proper stocks of medicines and other needed facilities in the state,” Patel said.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State (MoS) for Health and Family Welfare Shankar Chaudhari visited Kutch district on Sunday and said that the Gujarat government has decided to provide free Tamiflu tablets in private hospitals as well.

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