Union Health Ministry has equipped the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) here with the kits to test samples of suspected swine flu cases.

Medical Superintendent of JIPMER, Dr A K Das told PTI yesterday that the Department of Microbiology had collected 29 samples. Of the 16 samples checked, three were already tested positive as per the report available from the Kings Institute, Chennai.

While Kings Institute would test nine more samples, the JIPMER would conduct tests of four samples with the help of the kits.

The three patients who were tested positive for the flu were given intensive treatment and were fine and stable, he said.

The patients included a 60-year-old person, who recently returned from France, a 22-year-old student, studying in Pune, who came here to stay with her parents for some days and the third patient also aged 22, a cook from Jammu and Kashmir.

A monitoring committee has been formed in JIPMER under the head of the Medical Superintendent to review the situation.

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