A 28-year-old woman from Kurla succumbed to swine flu-related complications at a hospital in Ghatkopar on Tuesday, taking Mumbai’s H1N1 death toll to 18 since May. The woman was eight months pregnant when her throat swab was collected on July 14. Her baby died in the womb two days later.
“The Tamiflu treatment was complete and she was shifted from a nursing home to the hospital,” said Dr G.T. Ambe, executive health officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The woman, a slum-dweller, had had fever for six days before she went to the nursing home. “She also developed severe pneumonia. Pregnant women are more vulnerable,” said Ambe.
Six people, including three children, tested positive for swine flu on Wednesday.
At least 537 Mumbaiites were hospitalised with monsoon-related ailments between Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Of these, 313 had fever, 142 had malaria, 78 had gastroenteritis, three had dengue and one leptospirosis. Malaria has claimed 35 lives this year.
On Thursday, Health Minister Suresh Shetty will meet a technical team that the state asked the Centre to send to help combat malaria. The team will help the BMC draw up a plan, identify high-risk areas and decide how often to undertake anti-larvae treatments.
Suburban guardian minister Naseem Khan said: “Officials should concentrate on slums and construction sites. Notices should be given to builders who don’t keep sites mosquito-free,” Khan said.