‘WHO should guide us on vaccination, medication of H1N1 influenza,’ says Maha Health Minister Deepak Sawant

While in Mumbai, 21 cases have been reported since January and one death was reported on April 29 at Kasturba Hospital, 15 cases have been detected in Thane and 5 patients are in critical condition; two deaths of swine flu in March and April have been reported

‘WHO should guide us on vaccination, medication of H1N1 influenza,’ says Maha Health Minister Deepak Sawant

At least 7 lakh swine flu cases have been screened this year starting January, among which 887 are positive. While 11,940 patients have received treatment and are discharged, 18 patients are on ventilator. Maharashtra Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant shared the data while attending an event in Mumbai on May 5.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) should guide us on the issue of vaccination and medication of H1N1 influenza virus,” said Sawant, adding that WHO is prepared to launch a vaccine for swine flu by next year.

In Mumbai, 21 cases have been reported since January and one death was reported on April 29 at Kasturba Hospital.

Dr Padmaja Keskar, Executive Health Officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), said, “We have not detected any new case so far and the situation is under control. We are taking all precautionary measures to avoid severe situation. We are requesting people to seek medical help as soon as they get fever, cough or fatigue. People with critical disease and pregnant women should be looked after very carefully. Also, vaccination for swine flu is available at all public hospitals in the city. Screening of the areas where swine flu cases have been detected earlier is also on. So, I urge people to not panic.”

Meanwhile, in Thane city, 15 cases have been detected and 5 patients are in critical condition. So far, two deaths of swine flu in March and April have been reported.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses. It infects the respiratory tract resulting in barking cough, decreased appetite, nasal secretions and can be transmitted easily through the air, skin, saliva and contaminated surfaces

Dr Pratit Sambani, a General Physician, said, “I am seeing a lot of para-influenza cases. Fluctuating climate is the main reason. People with symptoms should visit a doctor without doing any self-medication, especially pregnant women. They should get vaccination soon and others should try to avoid crowded places as much as possible.”