PUNE: Just ahead of the festive season, city doctors have warned high risk patients to avoid crowded places, as there are more chances of being exposed to viruses and bacteria. They have advised that patients should be cautious due to erratic weather, which leads to a rise in viral infections among all age groups.
High risk patients are patients with low immunity and mostly the worst-affected ones are children and senior citizens. Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Dinesh Lalwani said the minimum distance between two people reduces during the festive season and at crowded places.
“The minimum distance should be at least six feet. However, this is not possible, as the streets are crowded. In such a scenario, patients with low immunity are prone to falling sick,” said Lalwani.
While speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Anjali Sabne, Assistant Medical Officer, Health Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), said high risk patients should not visit crowded places.
“There is more possibility of being attacked by viruses and bacteria. We have seen a rise in cases of dengue, chikungunya, as well as swine flu. Hence, patients should avoid going out during the festive season. And if someone doesn’t feel good after visiting a crowded place, they must immediately visit a doctor and not delay in taking appropriate treatment,” said Sabne.
There have been a total of 248 confirmed dengue cases within PMC limits since January 2017. Of these, 162 were reported in August. Similarly, there have been 193 cases of chikungunya since January 2017 and 73 were reported in August alone.
According to details provided by the PMC health department, there have been 501 flu-like cases since January 2017, of these 126 have been reported in August.
On Thursday, 3,761 patients were screened for H1N1 and 128 were given Tamiflu tablets. Swab samples of 11 patients have been sent for testing. Four cases were found to be positive on Thursday. Currently, 33 patients are on ventilator, while 26 patients testing positive for swine flu were hospitalised. Since January 2017, around 5,47,783 patients have undergone tests for swine flu within PMC limits.
DOS AND DON'TS
- Wear protective masks and cover your mouth with a handkerchief while sneezing.
- Drink clean water and make sure it is properly boiled.
- Wash hands properly, especially before cooking and eating.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in clean water.
- Avoid eating from roadside stalls.
- Prevent stagnant water spots in homes where mosquitoes can breed.