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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

India : Swine flu claims 2 more lives, toll 35

Via The Pioneer :

" Two more persons succumbed to the deadly swine flu and another died of dengue in the national Capital on Monday taking the total toll of those affected by swine flu to 35 and dengue to four. Meanwhile, 20 patients tested positive for the H1N1 influenza too. With these fresh cases, the total number of infected people has reached 1,165. Dr Debashish Bhattacharya, Nodal Officer for swine flu, Delhi Government said, "Both were residents of Delhi. One was admitted in the Sir Gangaram Hospital and the other was a child who was undergoing treatment in the Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalya Hospital." Banerjee added, "With this, the toll in the city alone is 22 as of now whereas 13 others who succumbed to this virus were from the other States.

"Taking precautionary measures, the Delhi Government has reserved an eight-bed cell in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital for athletes participating in the Commonwealth Games and suffering from swine flu. "A complete isolated facility has been created on the fifth floor of the hospital that will cater to any athlete testing positive for the H1N1 virus during the Commonwealth Games," Medical Superintendent LNJP hospital, Amit Banerjee said.

Swine flu cases have been on a rise since early August 2010 and have crossed the 1,300 mark in the national capital. Health Minister Kiran Walia said, "This hospital has been selected as it is close to many Commonwealth Games venues. Suppose there is a case reported from Indira Gandhi Sports Complex or Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, this hospital will be easily accessible in least time. The eight-bed facility will have a separate security arrangement, a direct vehicular access and a separate lift," said Banerjee."

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