HYDERABAD: A total of 21 swine flu cases were reported from August in the State, with five more being reported on Tuesday. A 32-year-old pregnant woman Maniamma, who tested positive for th H1N1 virus gave birth to twins after a ceaserian section.
She is still recovering from the flu, while the twins were taken to their home town due to which doctors could not ascertain if the newborns contracted the infection. “We performed the surgery five days ago, and she gave birth to twins,” said Dr K Narasimhulu, Swine Flu Nodal officer at Gandhi Hospital.
Dr G Srinivas Rao, Special officer of Epidemic Cell said that Swine Flu diagnostic kits and medicines to treat the infection, would be provided free to patients admitted at private hospitals. “We informed the same to private hospitals. A charge of Rs 5000 is collected for the tests otherwise. We mention on the test reports that tests are done free of cost,” Dr Srinivas said.
Except four, all the cases are from Ranga Reddy and Hyderabad districts. Most of them got treated at Gandhi Hospital. Treatment for Swine Flu is also offered at Fever Hospital, and at district hospitals.