At least 16 cases of swine flu have been reported in the city over the past two days,bringing the number of H1N1 cases to almost a 100 in July alone,according to data available with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporations Public Health Department.
Among the 16 cases,six have been reported in the K-West ward of Andheri,Vile Parle and Juhu,and five in the S ward of Mulund and Vikhroli. Dr. Mangala Gomare,Deputy Health Officer in charge of the Surveillance Epidemiology Cell,said most infections have been reported in Bandra (west) and Powai this year.
There is not really a spurt in the number of cases reported. The number has grown over a period of time,but July has reported maximum infections. The change in weather and the lowering temperatures in Mumbai have caused the air-borne disease to spread so much, said Dr. Gomare. Since the start of the year,157 people have been infected by the H1N1 virus. Till last month,the recorded number of cases stood at 58.
To deal with the growth in H1N1 cases,Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar has said the BMC would soon hold a widespread public awareness program to educate the city on the symptoms and treatment of the disease.
If people know how to identify the symptoms and report to the doctor in time,swine flu can be dealt with like any other disease and there will be no need to worry, said Mhaiskar. She added that the corporation will raise consciousness through the public health clinics,hoardings,and advertisements in various media. We will also educate the people through health camps held in city slums every Sunday. Last year we held a successful awareness campaign against Malaria and it has brought us positive results with declining number of persons afflicted by the disease, said Mhaiskar. According to Dr. Ghomare,the Public Health Department has sufficient stores of the Tamiflu medicine used in the treatment of the H1N1 virus. We have good stocks in municipal hospitals and dispensaries. The tablet is also available in the open market, she said.