Swine flu toll rises to seven in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: With the death of one more H1N1 infected patient, the toll due to swine flu in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to seven, an official said on Wednesday.

"A patient admitted after testing positive for H1N1 virus died in the hospital yesterday (Tuesday) night," a doctor at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) told IANS.

Thirty four more people tested positive for H1N1 virus across the state on Tuesday, while 160 have tested positive so far in this season.

An official statement issued on Wednesday said 71 patients were examined in Jammu's government medical hospital, while 463 in Srinagar, 542 in other hospitals in the Kashmir Division and another 224 in other hospitals in the Jammu Division were screened for symptoms of the dreaded virus.

 Swine flu toll rises to seven in Jammu and Kashmir

Kashmiri women chat as they cover their faces with masks as a precaution against H1N1 flu in Srinagar. AP

On Tuesday, 14 tested positive in the Kashmir Division, 15 tested positive in SKIMS in Srinagar and five tested positive in the Jammu division.

"The union ministry of health and family welfare has rushed supply of 1,000 pieces each of N-95 Masks, personal protection equipment (PPE) Kits, and virus transmission media (VTM) Vials to the Jammu and Kashmir government. These supplies will reach Srinagar and Jammu on Wednesday," the statement said.

Governor NN Vohra spoke to Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda and Union Health Secretary Bhanupratap Sharma on Tuesday and urged them to rush the supplies.

The request was made after the governor held a review meeting to take stock of the availability of medicines, protective masks and equipments to combat H1N1 Influenza, the statement added.


Updated Date: Feb 25, 2015 09:25:13 IST