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Swine flu deaths: Civic bodies on their toes,screen patients

H1N1 claiming a life in Mumbai and two in Navi Mumbai over the past week,the respective civic bodies are now taking measures to ensure the situation does not turn worse.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
August 4, 2012 3:56:13 am

H1N1 claiming a life in Mumbai and two in Navi Mumbai over the past week,the respective civic bodies are now taking measures to ensure the situation does not turn worse. Even as health officials said there is no need to panic,the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has started screening patients at its 20 Urban Health Centres (UHCs). One of the victims who succumbed to the H1N1 virus was a 44-year-old nurse working at the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation Hospital.

“It is unfortunate we lost one of our own employees to the disease. We have already started screening other employees at the hospital and even patients who show symptoms even after preliminary medication,” said Raju Shinde,health committee chairperson of the NMMC.

The corporation has also opened a swine flu ward at its hospital as well as at the DY Patil Hospital.

The BMC recorded three more cases on Friday taking the total to 216 since January. Mumbai saw its first swine flu death this year after 19-year old Vinay Talewar succumbed to the disease at Kasturba Hospital on Wednesday. Officials said Talewar was already suffering from neurological disorders and weighed only 35 kg making him more susceptible to the virus.

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“People who have a compromised immunity system should be more cautious High-risk groups include children and people above the age of 65,pregnant women and those suffering from a co-morbid disease such as diabetes,” said BMC epidemiologist,Dr Mangala Gomare.

Both the civic bodies have issued notices to all hospitals as well as private labs about informing the respective corporations immediately if a person tests positive for H1N1. “ If hospitals fail to inform us in time about a positive case,action can and will be taken against them,” Shinde said.

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