KURNOOL: Three more people succumbed to swine flu in the district on Wednesday taking the toll to 10. The condition of a woman is critical and an assistant professor at the Government General Hospital has also contracted the virus, sources said.
Even as the district administration claimed that all steps were taken to prevent the spread of swine flu and provide better treatment to the affected people, the increase in death toll frightened the people as well as the officials.
Confirming the deaths, Dr P Chandrasekhar, Superintendent of Kurnool Government General Hospital, told TNIE that the total number of swine flu positive cases has now touched 25. Of the total cases, the number of deaths is reportedly 10 in the past one month.
According to the GGH Superintendent, Rajesh of Shareen Nagar in Kurnool, Srinivasulu of Adoni and Anantha Bhagyalakshmi of Pyapili died of swine flu on Wednesday while undergoing treatment.
“At present, six patients are on the ventilator and the condition of a woman is critical,” he said. As the virus strain seems to be more life-threatening, the GGH is planning to send the samples to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for analysis, he added.
Curb spread of H1N1 influenza: CM to officials
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has advised people to consult a doctor and undergo screening for swine flu in case they are suffering from fever, cold and cough for more than three days. Holding a review meeting with officials on swine flu at the Grievance Hall at his residence in Undavalli on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said 92 cases had been registered across the State this year.
Of the total, 64 cases have been discharged and 22 patients are still undergoing treatment in hospitals. The government hospitals in the State have been adequately equipped with necessary medicines, kits and masks to treat swine flu cases and curb the spread of the disease.
The government has also set up medical camps at 22 railway stations, 27 bus stands and 13 other locations in the State to sensitise people on swine flu. The people should take proper precautionary measures while making long journeys as swine flu is prevalent in other States, the Chief Minister said.