The state health department has issued a precautionary circular to all local bodies to alert citizens to be careful while they visit public places during the 10-day long Ganeshotsav to avoid contracting diseases like swine flu.
The circular,in its advisory,says that people suffering from fever must refrain from visiting Ganpati mandals.
the circular also states that pregnant women,children below five years of age,senior citizens and those suffering from hypertension,diabetes should be cautious while they visit public spaces during this period.
Manisha Mhaiskar,additional municipal commissioner of BMC said,There is no rise in H1N1 cases. Since it is a viral disease,it has a high chance of spreading. We dont want people to contract swine flu during the festive season.
Dr Mangala Gomare,in-charge of the civic epidemiology cell,said the state government has issued the circular because of the higher incidence of swine flu cases some parts of Maharashtra.
The routine circular has been issued after the state government noticed a rise in the number of cases reported in the whole state. However,Mumbai has seen a decline in such cases this year, Gomare said.
While 360 H1N1 cases were reported in Mumbai last year,46 cases have been recorded this year till now. Of the 533 cases of swine flu detected across Maharashtra this year,124 patients have succumbed to the disease. In 2012,there were 135 deaths due to swine flu of the 1,551 cases reported in the state.
So far,the city has recorded two deaths due to swine flu since the onset of monsoon.