Rajasthan: Rajasthan is witnessing death toll climbed to 261 due to H1N1 virus in the New Year. It has prompted the state government to direct senior medical officers from the medical directorate to go to various districts for effective monitoring of cases of swine flu. Out of 5,528 patients who were tested positive including many politicians, for the H1N1 virus, 261 have died since the starting of the year. According to sources, it has never happened in the past when swine flu victimized so many people in a single spell in a year, as it is doing this time. It is more vulnerable with pregnant women, children under-5, the elderly and people suffering from chronic ailments. Every day, more than 250 fresh cases are being reported. Jaipur has recorded the maximum deaths rising to 53 followed by Ajmer 30, Jodhpur 29, Nagaur 24, Barmer 21, Kota 12, Pali 10, Sikar 9, Chittorgarh 8, Banswara, Churu and Bhilwara 6 each, Duasa, Tonk and Jhunjhunu 5 each & one to four at many places in the state.
Health Minister J P Nadda has admitted that the country is facing a shortage of laboratories for testing flu assuring that efforts are being made to set up such facilities in all states with 21 capable labs only. The Central University of Rajasthan which is located in Bandarsindri, is also facing cases of swine flu. It has been informed by students that two students from University Campus have tested positive for flu and there are cases in the village also. All this is making a condition a severe one. The University conducted an awareness programme for it as per the oral direction and approval of Vice Chancellor of the CURaj on 9th February 2015.
There, it was informed that swine flu is infectious and transmittable which spreads in the same way as the seasonal flu. When people who have cough or who sneeze they spray tiny drops of the virus into the air and after coming into contact with these drops or touch a surface that an infected person has recently touched, one can catch H1N1 swine flu. In the awareness programme, it also made clear that no one can catch swine flu from eating bacon, ham, or any other pork product. Students as well as faculty members & staffs from the CURaj also came to know about how it is difficult to differentiate between swine flu and seasonal flu. As both have mostly common symptoms such as cough, fever, sore throat, stuffy and running nose, body ache, headache, vomiting, dizziness and abdominal pain.
Swine flu also leads to more serious problems including pneumonia and respiratory failure, diabetes or asthma. Block CMHO Kishangarh also visited the campus on 12th February 2015 to conduct the screening of swine flu & had requested the students, facukty members, officers and staffs, feeling any swne flu symptom, to visit the Health Centre. But the timing was not planned as on weekdays like on 12th February, students were having classes to attend and the Block CMHO visited between 2:15pm and 5pm. So, efforts were made and planning was quite irrelevant from the side of University. Apart from Rajasthan, Gujarat (highest death toll), Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telanagana, Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala have also reported of death of 265, 153, 143, 57, 42, 10, 46, 21, 12, 8, 7 and 7 respectively.