Swine flu is wreaking havoc in the city. There have been 835 cases and 16 deaths in Mumbai this year till July. Maharashtra has recorded 284 deaths and 2,324 cases till the first week of July. That’s almost 50 per cent of the 600 deaths across the country. So the BMC and hospitals should together initiate awareness campaigns in order to create more and more awareness about the disease before it’s too late.
According to Dr PM Bhujang, President, Association of Hospital, “The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the H1N1 pandemic over in August 2010. Since then, the H1N1 virus has been known as a regular human flu virus. Swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is a relatively new strain of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu. One of the many reasons for the cause of the spread is changing climate and the fluctuating temperatures in the state and city.”
He added, “Vaccination facilities, availability of medicines should be made available so that infected can get immediate treatment. Like the regular flu, swine flu can lead to more serious problems including pneumonia, a lung infection, and other breathing problems. And it can make an illness like diabetes or asthma worse. A collaborative effort by the BMC, hospitals and the masses is a must so that this virus does not spread at the pace at which it is infecting people. ”
Who is at the risk?
- Adults over age 65
- Children under 5 years old
- Young adults and children under 19, who are receiving long-term aspirin (bufferin) therapy
- People with compromised immune systems (due to a disease such as AIDS)
- Pregnant women
- People with chronic illnesses like asthma, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, or neuromuscular disease.
- Immediately consult a doctor to avoid delay in treatment
- Wash hands constantly to avoid swine flu
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing, sneezing, or has other flu symptoms
- Take rest and have plenty of fluids and healthy foodstuff
- Don’t take medicines without the doctor’s prescription
- Avoid travelling if you have flu symptoms