However, data collected by NCDC confirms no death by Swine Flu.
Amid the increasing panic among people, forward messages saying the disease can be helped by Himalaya's Septilin have resurfaced. With this, the death toll due to the deadly H1N1 virus has reached 17 since January 1.
On the direction of Executive Director PIMS Dr Amjad Mehmood, the vaccination has been started to protect the doctors, nurses and other supporting staff of the hospital from carrying swine flu virus, medical expert at PIMS Dr Khawar Sultan said on Wednesday.
Rajasthan had the most deaths as well as the most cases - 72 persons died until January 27, and 1,856 tested positive for H1N1 virus.
On being asked why the Health Ministry's data doesn't include the fatalities reported by these two hospitals in the city, a senior ministry official said, "Our data is based on the figures given by state governments".
Delhi government also has issued an advisory in view of the rising cases of swine flu. "All eight were from Delhi", English daily The Indian Express quoted Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital spokesperson Smriti Tiwari. "Though RML and Safdarjung are Centre-run hospitals, they submit their data to the Delhi government".
"Compiled report is shared with districts for timely surveillance activities and preventive measures", an official said.
According to official data, at least 4,571 people - an average of 168 cases per day - have been diagnosed with H1N1 virus so far. Maharashtra has recorded 82 cases and 12 deaths till Monday. Haryana had 363 cases and two deaths until January 26. Tamil Nadu was the most affected state in 2018 with 2,812 reported cases, while Gujarat accounted for the most number of swine flu cases in 2017 at 7,709. Please shed the myth - you can't catch swine flu from eating pork.