Four more deaths have been reported in the state on Monday due to swine flu (H1N1). Kutch has been worst affected with three more deaths followed by one death in Bansakantha, according to State Health Commissioner J P Gupta. Moreover, 12 new cases were reported in the day, two in Ahmedabad, five in Surat, four in Kutch and one in Jamnagar districts.
A 55-year-old man from Mandvi succumbed to the virus on Monday, taking the death toll to 10 in the district since January. On the other hand, five new cases also came to light in Kutch, including one from Jamnagar.
“The 55-year-old man from Mandvi had tested positive for H1N1 influenza two days ago. He was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Rajkot where he died today,” epidemic medical officer (EMO) of Kutch, Dr Arun Kurmi said.
Meanwhile, four fresh cases of the infectious disease were reported from district. While two cases were reported from Bhuj taluka, one each came to light from Mundra and Nakhatrana talukas. Medical officers said the new cases included two male and two female. “With this the total of swine flu positive cases has gone up to 129. There are 41 patients indoors as of now and three of them are in critical condition. Seven other patients who recovered from the virus were discharged today,” Dr Kurmi further said.
On the other hand, a 65-year-old woman also tested positive for H1N1 influenza in Jamnagar. “The woman from Jamnagar city was brought to hospital on Sunday. Her swine flu test came positive on Monday. Presently, three swine flu patients are undergoing treatment and their condition is good,” Dr Nandini Desai, medical superintendent of state government-run GG Hospital in Jamnagar said.
Ahmedabad city recorded 93 cases cases since January 1. Out of these, 49 cases were reported from outside Ahmedabad and 44 from various areas in the city, said the in-charge medical officer of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Dr Bhavin Solanki on Monday. Of the two cases reported in Ahmedabad city on Monday, the victims include a nine-month-old girl who was admitted to Ashirvad Hospital in Chandlodiya area while the other victim, a woman (54) was admitted to Civil Hospital, said Dr Solanki.
The AMC as on Monday reported 14 deaths (eight in Ahmedabad and six from outside the city) during January 1 to February 2, according to Dr Solanki. No death was reported on Monday in Ahmedabad., said Dr Solanki.
He said that AMC health department on Monday visited 17 private and government hospitals to check for any lapses in setting up isolation wards for swine flu cases. “We found isolation wards in these hospitals in order. Our teams consisted of expert doctors drawn from departments of microbiology, medicine and preventive and social medicine. They instructed these hospitals to maintain protocol and create general awareness among people and patients there,” he said.