Swine flu toll climbs to 80

Namrata Devikar
Monday, 31 July 2017

“In many deaths reported in PMC limits, patients have taken proper medical care after a delay of a few days of diagnosis and due to this the number has shot up. Also, a lot of high-risk patients have tested positive for H1N1,” said Dr Sabne.

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On Monday, four more deaths were reported due  to H1N1, taking the toll in PMC limits to 80. Three of the victims took treatment after a self-delay of three to four days. 

A 46-year-old man from Satara lost his life to swine flu on Monday at 11:30 am. He tested positive on July 21. Another out of PMC limits victim, a 65-year-old man from Ahmednagar district, succumbed to swine flu on Saturday after a self-delay in treatment of three days .

A 96-year-old man from Wanawadi died on Saturday at 3:59 pm. He was also diagnosed with renal failure. A 52-year-old man from Budhwar Peth was the fourth victim. He died on Sunday at 10:45 am after a self-delay in treatment of four days. 

Speaking about preventive measure, Dr Anjali Sabne, Assistant Health Officer of PMC’s Health Department, said a major reason for the deaths is delay in treatment. 

“In many deaths reported in PMC limits, patients have taken proper medical care after a delay of a few days of diagnosis and due to this the number has shot up. Also, a lot of high-risk patients have tested positive for H1N1,” said Dr Sabne.

She added that vaccines are available for high-risk patients in four PMC-run hospitals. “Vaccines can be taken from Naidu Hospital, Kamla Nehru Hospital, Sonawane Hospital and Rajeev Gandhi Hospital. The stock of Tamiflu tablets is sufficient with the PMC to address the number of increasing patients,” said Dr Sabne. Patients with prescriptions from doctors can visit government hospitals to get vaccinated. 

Preventive measures
- Use handkerchief while sneezing
- Keep clean and dry surfaces at home
- Avoid delay in treatment
- High-risk patients with low immunity should get themselves vaccinated

Swine Flu toll in 2017
Month    Deaths
January    2    
February    2
March    22
April    17
May    12
June    4
July    21

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