Swine flu has claimed 19 lives in Rajasthan in the last 10 days and a total of 507 people tested positive in the state since January 1, of which 19 people succumbed to the virus. According to the figures, 78 people out of 350 suspected patients tested positive on Thursday.
The maximum number of people (nine) died in Jodhpur followed by two each in Nagaur, Sikar, and Kota and one each in Ajmer, Tonk, Jalore, and Rajsamand, the data said. It should be noted that Jodhpur is the home turf of the chief minister Ashok Gehlot.
Interestingly, Ashok Gehlot said this two months ago, sharing a piece of news, when he was in opposition-
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) October 15, 2017
CM Gehlot tweeted this recently-
Staying healthy and fit with changing weather conditions is of foremost importance. #SwineFlu is one of the major health concern of our state today but an early diagnosis can serve as key to cure the disease. #Rajasthan
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) January 8, 2019
Is swine flu just a political weapon?
The toll rise is like never before, but Rajasthan health Minister Raghu Sharma says- ‘The disease is curable with medical intervention at the right time. He added that the state government was working vigilantly and sensitively to deal with the problem.’
The state health department has canceled the leave of medical and paramedical staff and directed them to monitor the situation in the affected areas. An adequate supply of medicines has been made so that the afflicted patients get timely treatment. But, isn’t it a little late?