PUNE: Maharashtra has reported 189 deaths due to Swine flu till June 30, which is the second highest in the country after Rajasthan which has reported 205 deaths.
As per the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme under National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 1,082 swine flu deaths were reported till June 30 this year across India.
According to NCDC, 26,249 cases were reported in the country this year. Maharashtra also reported 1,716 cases of swine flu and 189 deaths.
Other states like Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Gujarat and Delhi have reported more cases of swine flu; however, the deaths in these states are less.
In 2018, Maharashtra reported 461 deaths and over 2,593 cases of swine flu. Over the years, deaths have reduced. In 2017, Maharashtra had reported 778 deaths.
Of the 189 deaths in the state this year, most were reported in Pune and Nashik.
Around 35 deaths were reported in Nashik district, the Pune Municipal Corporation reported 13 deaths, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation reported 5 deaths and rural Pune reported 7 deaths.
Speaking to Sakal Times, State Surveillance officer Dr Pradip Awate said that there were special measures taken by the State to ensure that there are less cases of swine flu during the monsoon.
“Under this, 18,049 pregnant women were given vaccination for swine flu. Around 4,990 patients with high blood pressure and patients with diabetes were also given the vaccine. Swine flu vaccines are available for high risk patients across the State for free. Moreover, we have given 6,796 doctors and a total of 29,833 medical professionals swine flu vaccines,” said Awate.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Sudhir Patsute from the Naidu Hospital of the PMC said this year, there have been 17 deaths till date due to swine flu within the PMC limits.
“In all, 43 deaths have been reported in the city, of these 17 were residents within the PMC limits. Many patients from the city seek treatment in Pune due to better medical infrastructure in the city. This is reflected in the number of swine flu patients seeking treatment in the city,” said Dr Patsute.
“The season is favourable for the spread of swine flu. However, high risk patients with major illnesses such as cancer, hypertension and others should get themselves vaccinated. Also, pregnant women should take the vaccine for better protection,” said Dr Patsute.