The conditions in Gujarat worsened in the last few days as the number of reported swine flu cases have started increasing at an alarming rate.

The Gujarat Government issued a statement wherein, they advised people to stay away from the celebrations as there is a risk that a huge number of people would be affected by the disease.

The disease has already cost 31 lives in a gap of 3 days and the Government fears the number to increase in the days to come.

A statistical look in the past few months reveal a much heart breaking story. Since January, influenza has claimed 210 lives in the state.

As of now, there aren’t any reports of swine flu in other states but people continue to suffer in Gujarat. A closer look at the cases being reported reveals that Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot are the worst affected cities.

A total of 1,883 H1N1 cases so far in the state this year. Out of this, 681 people have been cured, 994 are under treatment while 210 have died, according to the government’s latest health bulletin.

The worsening state has prompted the Government to provide a helpline number in case of emergency.

“While all government hospitals are well equipped to treat patients, a dedicated helpline number 104 has been launched,” said Health Commissioner Jayanti Ravi.

Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani too looked tensed by the recent turn of events and held a review meeting with senior government officials over the weekend.

The government announced that 17,000 teams have launched an intense door-to-door surveillance across the state by roping in ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) and Anganwadi workers besides malarial surveillance squads.

Around 40,000 Anganwadi workers, over 5,000 doctors, and 3,000 AYUSH doctors are part of these teams, an official release said.

Fever, muscle pain, fatigue, and breathing difficulty are some of the symptoms of swine flu.


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