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Maharashtra: 123 die of swine flu this year


Nashik: Total 123 persons have died of swine flu in Maharashtra between January to April while total 631 persons were affected. However, a massive follow-up by the government departments has managed to contain the disease. This information was given by Maharashtra Government health ministry consultant Dr Nitin Bilolikar and State Survey (epidemics) Officer Dr Pradeep Aute in Nashik.

The doctors said that the incidence of swine flu was more in Western and Northern Maharashtra and the Government was committed to creating awareness about this disease throughout the State.

During 2015, about 100,000 persons were vaccinated for swine flu and the effects were seen in 2016 when fewer cases were reported. However, due to weather changes in February, March, April, August, September and October, the scale of the disease increased,” Dr Aute said.

Civil Surgeon Dr Suresh Jagdale said that the administration had taken the disease very seriously and managed to bring it into control. “Earlier 10 to 15 patients used to be admitted to Civil hospital. Now it has come down to 4 to 5 patients. We are also holding meetings with private practitioners to deal with the disease.”

“Medicines are available at all government hospitals and private medical stores. Patients are requested to immediately contact the nearest doctor if symptoms of flu are present. Similarly, we have directed private practitioners to immediately start treatment,” Dr Jagdale said.