32 people died of swine flu in 2017: Govt

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 22: State Government today claimed that total 32 people have died due to swine flu in J&K State during 2017.
In a written reply to the question of NC member,  Qaisar Jamsheed Lone in the Upper House today, Minister Incharge Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat claimed that the total number of deaths caused due to swine flu in the State are 32.
The Minister said that out of the total 32 cases, 28 deaths have taken place in Kashmir region while four in  Jammu during this period. While one case pertains to Pouni Chak in Jammu, second district Ramban, third  Rajouri whereas, fourth  was reported  at Mouri in Reasi district. In Kashmir most of the cases pertains to Srinagar, Ganderbal, Anantnag and Budgam, he added.
In Kashmir total 132 cases of swine flu were reported, out of which 107 were discharged, 28 passed away while two are currently under treatment in hospital.
Referring to the preventive measures taken, the Minister replied, “separate isolation wards have been established in the Government Medical College Jammu and Srinagar and have been equipped with central oxygen, air suction supply and ventilator. Separate trained staff has been deployed round the clock. Personal protection equipments are provided to the hospital staff attending such patients,” he added.
He further claimed that H1N1 testing labs are functional at CD Hospital Srinagar and GMC, Jammu, where rapid tests for diagnoses are conducted.
The Minister added that PPE are provided to all the health care workers who are at the risk of exposure. He further claimed that the services of media are used to issue advisory and create awareness among the general public about the disease.