Number of Swine Flu cases increase to 359 in Lucknow

The H1N1 virus is taking huge climb in Uttar Pradesh with 33 new cases coming to light since Thursday.

According to the official sources, the total number of H1N1 patients in Lucknow on Friday climbed to 359.

Panic triggered in the health fraternity after a nurse at a government hospital was tested positive. The health department issued new guidelines for prevention of the disease.

The health officials are worried because patients were now coming from new areas such as Aliganj, Niralanagar, Gomtinagar and Vikasnagar.

With a drop in temperature coupled with heavy rains, officials feared a spurt in H1N1 cases in the state capital.

Meanwhile, the testing facilities in the city remained largely ineffective as over a dozen people complained that neither the Sanjay Gandhi Post-graduate Institute of Medical
Sciences (SGPGI) nor any other state government hospital was attending to patients with swine flu symptoms.

Doctors in various government hospitals, however, said that 200 patients suffering from swine flu have recovered and have been discharged.

Acting on the directives of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, the health department will begin selling masks through kiosks in public places.

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