21 swine flu deaths in Pune this July
Dr Anjali Sabne, assistant health officer of the health department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said that delay in treatment and exposure of high-risk patients are the two major reasons for the deaths due to H1N1.Updated: Aug 02, 2017, 11:44 IST
July has registered 21 H1N1 (swine flu) deaths this year, the second highest swine flu deaths in a month this year. The H1N1 death toll in the city this year has now reached 80. The highest number of H1N1 deaths were reported in March, which saw 22 people succumb to the virus.
Three of the victims were recorded as having attempted self-treatment, thus, delaying reaching the hospital by three to four days. Out of the 80 deaths reported, a total of 24 are from within Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits, while 56 are out of PMC limits.
In the latest case reports, a 46-year-old male from Satara died due to swine flu on July 31 at 11:30 am. He tested positive on July 21. Another 65-year-old man from Ahmednagar district, too, succumbed to swine flu on July 29, after delaying treatment. Apart from these two, a 96-year-old man from Wanawadi died on July 29. He was also diagnosed with renal failure. A 52-year-old man from Budhwar Peth was another victim of swine flu on July 30.
Dr Anjali Sabne, assistant health officer of the health department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said that delay in treatment and exposure of high-risk patients are the two major reasons for the deaths due to H1N1.
“Many patients take medical care after a delay of a few days of diagnosis with swine flu. Due to this, the number of deaths has shot up. Also, many high-risk patients are testing positive for H1N1,” said Sabne.
Officials informed that vaccines for high-risk patients are available in PMC-run hospitals including Naidu hospital, Kamla Nehru hospital, Sonawane hospital and Rajeev Gandhi hospital.
According to PMC's health department, since January, a total of 485,791 people were screened for H1N1, while 9,788 were given Tamilflu injections. The swab samples of 1,578 were sent for testing while 380 have been found positive. Presently, 11 patients are on the ventilator.