A hundred more deaths over the last three days have taken the swine flu death toll 585. So far, 8,423 people have contracted swine flu this year in the country, report agencies.
Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are the worst-affected states with respective tolls standing at 165, 144, 76 and 58, official figures said. Though, Delhi and Tamil Nadu have reported a high incidence of swine flu cases but the death toll in the two states is relatively low due to high level of awareness and better health infrastructure.
Health Ministry officials said that they have been sent central teams to the worst-affected states like Rajasthan and Gujarat and have developed appropriate guidelines.
“The government has already placed an order for enhancing stocks of diagnostic kits – for testing of the H1N1 virus – to be supplied to the lab network under Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme. To enhance the level of preparedness, additional stocks of the drug, Oseltamivir, and 10,000 N-95 masks are also being procured,” an official statement of the Ministry said.
With more cases of swine flu being reported from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in the last 24 hours, authorities on Monday suspended all classes in the university and its affiliated schools till February 25.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of top officials presided over by Acting Vice-Chancellor Brig S Ahmad Ali. All events in AMU, including seminars, workshops and meetings of executive council scheduled during this period, have been postponed till further orders as a precautionary measure.
However, all offices, including academic departments, hospitals and other institutions will continue to function and teachers would report to duty as usual, AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar said in a statement.