With the rise in swine flu cases in Maharashtra, all the districts are kept on high alert, said the state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant.
He recently held a video conference with all concerned health officers from the districts.
He said the state is equipped to handle the swine flu cases and has enough medicines for the same. “We have ensured that there is no shortage of medicines to treat swine flu patients in the state. We have stocked enough medicines and if the need arise, we will also take medical advice from private doctors,” said Dr Sawant.
The state has been witnessing fluctuating temperatures which has helped the swine flu virus to remain active. The ministry informed that it has observed 60 per cent of swine flu cases in urban areas and the rest in rural areas. It said the migrating population has been affected the most. The department also informed that Nashik, Pune, Ahmendnagar, Kolhapur, Solapur and Pimpri Chinchwad are the worst affected areas.
The department further said it has managed to bring down the swine flu incidence if it is compared with figures from 2015.
It said their officials are working to bring down the swine flu cases further down by identifying affected areas like Nagpur, Buldhana, Pune, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Latur and are screening people for early diagnosis and treatment.
The ministry said that patients kept on the ventilator will be given extra care and attention, among this diabetic, blood pressure and pregnant women are also under observation.
As per the central government’s guidelines, the test for swine flu in private sector has been capped at Rs 2,500. It has asked the private practitioners to be alert and if a person is having fever, cough and cold for more than 48 hours, to start on swine flu treatment without delay. It has also asked the citizens to be alert and take medical help at the earliest.