Pregnant women in Maharashtra will not be vaccinated against swine flu. The Centre has rejected the state’s proposal to vaccinate pregnant women, stating that the vaccine is meant exclusively for medical personnel.
“We had asked the Centre if we could vaccinate all pregnant women since they are most vulnerable to H1N1. We had also cited the example of Kerala where this is being done but the Centre has said the free vaccines supplied are meant only for medical personnel,” said a senior government official.
He added that if the state still decides to vaccinate pregnant women, it would have to purchase the vaccines on its own.
Eight more Mumbaiites, including one child, tested positive for swine flu on Thursday. While seven of these patients were quarantined at home, one was admitted to a civic hospital.
In Navi Mumbai, the first case of swine flu was detected this year. Suvarna Ubale (32) is critical and has been put on ventilator at MGM Hospital.
Over 100 people have been diagnosed with swine flu in Mumbai in June.
Civic officials said the sudden rise in number of people being diagnosed with swine flu over the past two days was because more people were being referred for the test. “The virus is in the air so we are bound to get cases,” said Dr G T Ambe, executive health officer of the BMC.
The civic body has now asked medical officers in wards to meet BMC school teachers over the next week. “The teachers will be asked to watch out for symptoms among the students,” said Dr Daksha Shah of the BMC’s epidemiology cell.