Five more persons succumbed to the contagious swine flu in parts of Rajasthan during the last 24 hours, as the death toll in the state due to the disease, caused by H1N1 virus, mounted to 109 this year.
Two persons each died in Jodhpur and Jaipur districts each, while one succumbed to the flu in Barmer, an official of state Medical and Health Department said today.
“Out of 1,248 people tested positive for the virus, 109 have died in the state from January 1 so far,” the official said.
Of the 33 districts in Rajasthan, 29 are affected with swine flu.
Dholpur, Hanumangarh, Sirohi and Baran districts were reported to be safe as per the MHD records, the directorate official said.
So far, Jaipur has recorded the maximum number of 21 deaths due to flu followed by Ajmer 19, Naguar nine, Barmer eight, Jodhpur and Chittorgarh seven each, Banswara and Kota five each, Tonk and Bikaner four each, Bhilwara three, and Dausa, Sikar, Pali, Bundi and Udaipur two each.
One person each succumbed to swine flu in Bharatpur, Churu, Sriganganagar, Alwar, Jhunjhunu, Jaisalmer and Dungarpur districts.
Suspected patients of swine flu, reporting at any government hospital, would be provide a mask free of cost to help contain spreading of the contagious disease, a high level task force decided today.
A separate counter would be set up for the distribution of the masks to suspected patients after they present their prescription slip at the hospitals, an official spokesman added.
As per Health Ministry data, there have been six deaths since January in Delhi while the number of Swine Flu cases reported this year is 1048.
It said that 109 people have died in Rajasthan from the disease while 98 people have died in Gujarat since January this year.
In Telangana 42 people have succumbed to the flu while 46 and 40 deaths have occurred in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra respectively.