The district witnessed more cases of swine flu this time as compared to the last couple of years. With this, the claims of the authorities concerned of having made appropriate preparations to tackle this deadly disease fall flat.
However, with steady increase in temperature, no new case of swine flu has been reported recently, but the increased number of H1N1 positive cases and deaths in this season has raised concern for experts and policy makers.
This year, 83 swine flu patients including 31 women and five children were diagnosed in Ludhiana hospitals. Of these, 39 belonged to Ludhiana district. Last year, only 20 cases of swine flu were reported from Ludhiana hospitals, of which only seven were from Ludhiana. The data of 2013 shows 72 cases were reported, of which 25 patients belonged to Ludhiana.
This year has topped not in the number of swine flu cases but also in the mortality rate too as 18 patients succumbed to the H1N1 virus, including five from Ludhiana district. The deaths last year were only five in number, including two from Ludhiana.
The trend of swine flu shows that it victimises the people mostly from the age group of 41 to 50 years as 27 patients of 83 were from the aforesaid age group. There were 25 patients from the age group of 51-60 years. Five children under 10 were also affected with the H1N1 virus.
District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, “It's true that swine flu cases have increased this season, but no particular reason could be identified for this. Awareness among the residents was spread and arrangements were made.” He said with the rise in temperature, the swine flu cases are declining gradually but people should still take care and consult experts if they see any symptoms.