Swine flu has claimed 23 lives in the state since January 2013 while 82 patients are under treatment. Government spokesperson and state finance and health minister Nitin Patel said, “Of the 23, three were from Rajasthan and 20 from Gujarat.”
The minister added, “There are 28 patients from different parts of Saurashtra are under treatment at Rajkot, Ahmedabad has 12, followed by Bhuj and Vadodara with nine and seven patients respectively. Seven patients are in the age group of 0-14 year, 43 between 15 and 45 years and 32 above 45 years of age.”
The test costs Rs5,000 but the government is conducting it for free, he said, adding that the state has enough stock of Tamiflu, the drug used for treatment of swine flu.