With one case of swine flu death reported from Vadodara on Sunday, the death toll due to swine flu since August has risen to 30 in the state, according to figures released by state government on Sunday. Total nine new cases were reported on Sunday, according to the release.
The total number of swine flu in Gujarat since August 1, 2015 are 243, out which 120 have been cured, while 92 patients are undergoing treatment, said J P Gupta, state health commissioner on Sunday.
Out of the nine cases that were reported on Sunday, four were from Surat while one each from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Amreli, Junagadh and Porbandar, he said.
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Dr Kamlesh Updhyay head of department of medicine at Civil Hospital here said that doctors should not prescribe anti-biotic to patients instead of anti-viral drugs.
He said the government had enough stock of medicines with all its hospitals. This is a disease common in tropical countries that include India, he said. Further, it is unpredictable and must be taken seriously from first time symptoms begin showing, especially in monsoon.
AMC medical officer Dr Bhavin Solanki said there was no fresh case of swine flu in the city on Sunday. The sole suspect case at Civil Hospital was from outside Ahmedabad, he said.
One death in Vadodara on Sunday, was that of an old woman Mina Mali (62), a resident of Manjalpur area. Mali died around 4 am and was cremated immediately under hospital supervision.
According to the VMC health department, eight more patients have reported positive this month.
Although the number of cases is on a steady rise in Vadodara, the absence of laboratory to conduct tests has posed a problem for the quick testing of suspected cases. Samples are currently sent to Ahmedabad and Surat for confirmation.
Since July this year, 11 patients have tested positive for H1N1, eight of which, have come forth in September alone.
Dr Devesh Patel, VMC Health officer said, “This is the first death registered from H1N1 in September.
Previously, two deaths were recorded in July.”