August 31, 2009 12:11:43 am
Two babies,nine-month-old Mohammad Mehboob Shaikh and 15-month-old Nikita Shedage,were among the four who died of swine flu in Pune on Sunday. With this,the total H1N1 death toll till Sunday night reached 31 in the city. The other two who died were 42-year-old Vilas Padale and 26-year-old Anil Sahdeo Nikam.
Mohammad Mehboob Shaikh of Bhawani Peth died of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) after battling for life for three days at Sassoon Hospital. Fifteen-month-old Nikita Shedage was admitted to KEM on August 27 and was shifted to Sassoon on Sunday where she passed away on Sunday evening. Doctors said the child was gasping for breath when she arrived at Sassoon.
Nikita passed away at 6.30 pm and Mohammad Mehboob Shaikh died an hour later.
Lonavala resident Vilas Padale died at KEM Hospital in the afternoon. Padale is the second person from Lonavala to have died of swine flu since the outbreak. He was a railway employee,according to the Pune Municipal Corporation health officials.
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Padale was referred to KEM from Shraddha Hospital,Lonavala,on August 27 and had severe breathlessness and fever.
He was critical and was on ventilator support right from the time of his admission. On August 28,he tested positive for H1N1 and on Sunday,he passed away because of ARDS, said Dhananjay Chandakkar,deputy health officer,PMC.
Nikam,who was admitted to Bharati Hospital in a critical condition on August 28,died on Sunday night around 9.15.
Dr Chandakkar confirmed that Nikam had tested positive for the virus.
Till now,victims succumbing to the virus had other underlying diseases as well,which got aggravated because of swine flu,said health officials. So far,over 2.73 lakh people have been screened and over 13,000 have been given Tamiflu. Despite the deaths,doctors say the spread of swine flu in the city had shown a decline. We were worried that there would be an influx of patients testing positive during Ganesh festival. That has fortunately not happened,maybe because the festival is being celebrated on a low key, said Chandakkar.
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