Swine flu claims 197 lives in State

Namrata Devikar
Wednesday, 21 August 2019

As per State Health Department, Madhya Pradesh reported 5 deaths, Karnataka reported 2, while Assam and Jharkhand have reported one death each.

PUNE: Maharashtra has reported 197 deaths due to swine flu between January 1 to August 18 this year. Nashik has reported the maximum number of deaths in the State followed by Nagpur and Pune.

As per State Health Department, Madhya Pradesh reported 5 deaths, Karnataka reported 2, while Assam and Jharkhand have reported one death each.

For high risk patients, the State Health Department has made free vaccinations available. 

Speaking about high risk patients, a State Health Department official noted that the high risk patients are more susceptible to swine flu. “Old age people, pregnant women and children are at higher risk as their overall immunity is less. Also, those who have major illnesses like cancer or blood pressure and have low immunity should get vaccinations as a precautionary measure to avoid swine flu,” said the official. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Sudir Patsute from Naidu Hospital said that the vaccinations are one of the best precautions for high risk patients.

As per the statistics shared by the State Health Department, vaccines are provided to pregnant women in their third and fourth trimester, diabetes and blood pressure patients and to medical professionals who cater to swine flu patients.

As per the State Health Department data, in 2015-2016 around 1,01,356 high risk patients and medical professionals were given vaccines. Whereas in 2017, 42,492 patients were given the vaccines. In 2018, around 1,28,026 free vaccinations were given. While in 2019, till August 18, 49,606 vaccinations have been given for swine flu. So far in Maharashtra, 18,65,704 patients have been screened for swine flu whereas, 29,702 patients have been administered with Tamiflu drug as a precaution.

Overall, 2,101 patients were tested positive for swine flu this year. Around 144 patients are still in hospital and 1,761 have recovered.

So far, in the limits of Pune Municipal Corporation, 6,26,997 patients have been screened whereas, 8,649 patients have been administered with Tamiflu drug. Around 1,297 swab samples have been sent for testing and 157 patients were tested positive this year till August 18. Four patients are still in hospital and 104 have recovered. One patient is still in the hospital whereas, three are on a ventilator in Pune.
 

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