After two-and-a-half months of swine flu menace, which claimed more than 120 lives in Indore since January 2015, the city now faces dengue scare.
Doctors are apprehensive that sudden rise in temperature will bring in dengue early. “Dengue is going to be deadly this year. A lot of public health specialists have warned us that it will be immense this year. The rise in mercury so early in the year is one of the indicators. We are already preparing for it and hope to fight it back,” said Dr GL Sodhi, in-charge, integrated disease surveillance project (IDSP), Indore.
The medical department officials said that containing the H1N1 virus was not an easy task. From establishing a swine flu ward to cater to patients and give them special attention, a designated team was set to monitor all cases and ensure the right kind of treatment. “The past three months were a task.
There was such a huge flow of patients from all corners of the city that it was difficult to keep a tab at times. But it is amazing how all the doctors stuck together to give better results,” said Dr MK Rathore, dean, MGM Medical College and member of the special team constituted by the health department to deal with the swine flu menace.
On an average four deaths were reported and more than 100 screenings were done for H1N1 all around the city. “Indore is a medical hub. We had people from small districts and nearby areas coming for reference. It was a tough fight,” said Dr Sanjay Dixit, vice-dean, MGM Medical College.
Indore faired the highest in the number of positive cases as well as the deaths. “The score was immense, more when we compare this statistic to the previous year, when we had only four deaths and a total of seven positives. This year swine flu hit us unexpected,” said Dr Sodhi.
A decline in the number of cases in the last week has brought a relief on the faces of all senior doctors. “We were given the charge of monitoring and analysing the entire situation for H1N1 virus. It has been observed that a decline has occurred with the rise of the temperature. Moreover, even on Wednesday a total of four positives have been reported in the entire state. Indore has not reported any deaths in the past three days. Also, a total of 16 patients are admitted in the entire city,” said Dr Dixit.
Swine flu toll
Total deaths: 120
Positive cases: 480
First case came on January 6