Pimpri: Two people died due to swine flu in Pimpri Chinchwad in the past two days, which took the death toll due to the disease to 25 since January this year.
Five more cases of the infection were reported in the city hospital on Tuesday. In the absence of the vaccine, the Pimpri Chichwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is struggling to contain the H1N1 virus causing swine flu.
The PCMC hospitals have no stock of the vaccine for over a month as the State government has not supplied it. So, the PCMC procured 500 vaccine vials privately for the high risk group.
A 73-year-old man, who hailed from Satara, died due to swine flu on Sunday. On Monday, a 53-year-old man died due to the infection at the district civil hospital in Aundh. Three new patients were reported on Monday while five more patients were detected during the screening at the YCM Hospital.
According to sources, “A meeting with the State government officials to review the situation was held. The authorities from the health department assured that the PCMC will get H1N1 vaccine within two weeks.”
Sources added, “The vaccine is also being replaced due to mutation in the H1N1 virus. Earlier, the vaccine had California strain. Now, it is changed to Michigan strain. Efforts for replacing vaccine are going on across the world. That could be the reason for delay in procuring the vaccine.” On Tuesday, 290 cases with flu symptoms were reported at PCMC hospitals. Of these cases, Tamiflu was given to 36 patients. Swabs of five patients sent to the lab tested positive.
So far this year, 60,473 swine flu patients visited various hospitals of the PCMC with flu symptoms. Tamiflu was given to 6,250 patients. Swabs of 401 patients were sent to lab for testing, of these 298 patients turned out to be positive cases. In all, 34 patients were put on ventilator so far while 25 succumbed to the infection.
14 out of 25 patients, who died of the disease, hailed from rural areas and were brought to the city for treatment, PCMC officials said.