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Swine flu claims seven more lives in Punjab, four in Haryana

Out of 165 samples collected in Punjab, 51 have been tested positive.

By: PTI | Chandigarh | Published: February 6, 2016 5:30 pm
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Seven more deaths due to swine flu were reported in Punjab in the last four days taking the death toll from the disease to 24, while in Haryana four persons including three women died of the H1N1 virus.

“Fresh deaths have been reported from places including Bathinda and Faridkot taking the toll to 24,” State Nodal Officer for Swine Flu (Punjab) Gagandeep Singh Grover said.

The patients who died because of the virus over the fortnight belonged to Bathinda, Muktsar, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Moga and Mansa. Notably, till January 20, swine flu had claimed four lives in the state.

Out of 165 samples collected in Punjab, 51 have been tested positive, Grover said.

In neighbouring Haryana, four deaths due to swine flu have been reported.

“Four persons including three females have died because of swine flu,” said Aprajita, State Surveillance Officer (IDSP), Haryana.

The patients who died belonged to Hisar, Fatehabad and Jind districts, she said, adding out of 47 samples collected, 13 were tested positive.

“Out of 21 samples collected so far, three cases have been tested positive,” a health official said.

“We are concerned about the fact that why patients are coming to hospitals at late stage. If people with swine flu symptoms come early, they can be treated very well. We have sufficient number of Tamiflu tablets etc for the treatment,” Grover said.

All government hospitals in the state have been directed to set up separate wards to treat patients with swine flu. An advisory has already been issued to government and private hospitals to provide immediate treatment to suspected swine flu patients without conducting tests.

The testing, which is free of cost, for influenza is being conducted at Government College Amritsar and PGIMER, Chandigarh, Grover added.

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  1. K
    kushal kumar
    Feb 7, 2016 at 4:44 am
    The news reports of deaths in Punjab showing slight rise of swine- flu particularly during last fortnight suggest that the alert prediction of this Vedic astrology writer in article “ 2016- a woeful year for India with slight cheer at the end” published on 18 January 2016 in online magazine thesop , was not off the mark. Just reproducing the text of prediction from the article : -“ February and March 2016 seem to be grim for a variety of concerns. Among other aspects described , health hazards including mystifying ailments are likely in Northern India including Himalayan belt in the North. Punjab could perhaps take a hint for precautions”. There is no need to be alarmed by these alert prediction but a timely and appropriate precaution could be useful. Concerned patients should report the problem promptly to neaby related hospitals. Further, these alert predictions indicate likely trends which should not be construed to be of deterministic nature meaning that precautions has a potential to reduce the gravity of outcome , sometimes obviate as well.