Pimpri: Statistics from Pimpri-Chinchwad have shown that the number of swine flu patients and deaths due to the infection increase significantly after every three years. So far this year, 20 deaths and 163 confirmed swine flu patients have been reported in Pimpri-Chinchwad.
According to officials of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), a pattern of swine flu cases has been observed over the past years and cases are significantly higher after a gap of one or two years.
Against the backdrop of increase in number of swine flu patients in Thane, the PCMC has asked hospitals to take utmost care of the infected people. Dr LP Gophane of Yashvantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital said, “This year, we have observed more cases of swine flu in the city as compared to last year. Deaths due to the infection have also increased. Normally, H1N1 virus becomes inactive during summer months, but this year, it was observed that there were swine flue patients in March, April and May also. Some deaths were also reported in these months.”
Gophane said, “Swine flu has become a pandemic now. It means the virus exists in society and it surfaces whenever it gets a favourable atmosphere. More cases are reported when there is fluctuation in temperature.”
Currently, more than 400 patients with flu like symptoms visit the OPD of YCMH daily. On Thursday, only two people were detected with swine flu. Tamiflu was given to 36 people. So far this year, 5,654 people were given Tamiflu. A total of 55,025 people visited various PCMC dispensaries with complaints of flu like symptoms.