With two more deaths caused by swine flu in the state capital on Saturday, the toll has risen to five here, while 30 more people tested positive for H1N1 on Sunday. So far, 228 persons have tested positive for swine flu in Lucknow and 280 in the state.
The two victims — Pragati Sinha, 30, a resident of Sharda Nagar and Samir Mishra, 28, of Mahanagar —- died even before the test reports could confirm the presence of the virus. Sinha’s sample was taken on Friday but she died on Saturday. Similarly, Samir was admitted on Friday and was kept at the Reserve Ventilator Unit of King George’s Medical University for swine flu but passed away on Saturday.
Since the test reports have not been received for both the patients, officials are not including the two deaths in the tally yet. “We expect the reports by Monday,” said Lucknow’s Chief Medical Officer Dr S N S Yadav.
Officially, only six deaths have been reported so far in the state, three in Lucknow and one each in Saharanpur, Bareilly and Kanpur. In reality, the death toll and total positive cases are expected to be much higher.
So far, 848 persons have been screened in the state, of which 280 have tested positive till Sunday, most of whom have recuperated after treatment.
Meanwhile, UP Health minister Ahmed Hasan on Sunday assured that the government hospitals are providing good treatment facilities and warned private hospitals for exploitating patients. The minister also claimed that there are sufficient TamiFlu tablets with the government, dismissing reports of their unavailability in the state.
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