As many as four H1N1 deaths over the weekend,all from outskirts such as Haveli,Shirur,Baramati and Ahmednagar,have taken the swine flu toll in the district to 62 since April. Doctors at the health department said the victims were given Tamiflu only on day four or five of fever,pointing at a delay in treatment. District health officials too are advocating early treatment to avoid fatalities.
On Sunday,34-year-old Shehnaaz Rashid Shaikh from Ahmednagar succumbed to the H1N1 virus. She was suffering from fever,cough and sore throat and had blood pressure problems. She was ailing from July 18 but Tamiflu was administered only from July 23,after she was admitted to Sassoon General Hospital the previous day.
Jayashree Jadhav (33) of Baramati was ailing from fever,cough and similar symptoms from July 20. Also suffering from blood pressure problems,Jadhav was brought to Sassoon Hospital on July 23 and Tamiflu was started. She died on Sunday.
On Saturday,Manisha Yeshwant (25) of Shirur,who was in eight months pregnant,died due to complications. She was brought to Sassoon Hospital on July 22 though swine flu symptoms had showed up on July 14. Fifty-year-old Hausabai Borker succumbed to the virus at Y C M Hospital on Saturday.
A total of 273 deaths have been registered in the district since April 2009.