Two more swine flu deaths were reported on Saturday, taking the toll up to 13 in the city. Additionally, 24 new cases were registered at various hospitals in the city, of these 19 were Mumbai residents.
According to the civic health department, a 33-year-old woman, resident of Dapoli in Panvel, succumbed to the infection on Friday. She was admitted to a Navi Mumbai-based civic hospital on February 16 but referred to city’s Kasturba hospital on Friday. According to doctors, the deceased also had diabetes mellitus, which further aggravated the infection, however, at present her death is being treated as a suspected case of swine flu death. The cause of death is type 1 respiratory failure with sepsis,” an official said.
Another woman, a senior citizen, succumbed to the HINI virus at Holy Spirit hospital, Andheri, on Saturday, after being treated for five days. According to an official, she also suffered ovary cancer and had been undergoing chemotherapy.
The latest deaths were both cases of existing co-morbid conditions that led to severity after swine flu infection. Experts have been laying stress on the need for vaccination for high risk group that involves patients with diabetes, hypertension, cancer and HIV.
Dr Mangala Gomare, deputy executive health officer, BMC, said, “In the previous deaths, maximum cases have been of patients suffering from existing conditions. In diabetes, the severity is higher.”
Health minister Dr Deepak Sawant has now asked all hospitals to reserve beds for patients suffering from swine flu. “Hospitals with more than 50 beds will now have to reserve 2 to 5 per cent of total beds for infection cases,” Sawant told Newsline.