Against 655 people who test positive for the influenza A H1N1 virus and 108 die from the disease in 2017, only 31 people reported positive for the virus since January, according to a report from the health department of the municipal government of Pune (PMC) .
Health authorities, however, take the necessary precautionary measures in view of favorable weather conditions for the virus, said Dr Shashikant Jadhav, director of health services, in an interview.
Although two deaths from influenza A H1N1 have been reported in the city, there are currently seven patients on respiratory support.
Last week officials from the state health service met to evaluate the preparedness for the virus and to ensure that the situation remains under control.
In the meeting, which was called by the minister of health Dr. ir. Deepak Sawant, the experts stressed that the & # 39; no panic mode & # 39; had to be maintained.
Dr. Sanjeev Kamble, director of the state health department, said: "Compared to last year, the number of cases is extremely minimal and mortality has also decreased." At the meeting of the minister, where all district health officials and company doctors were called, it was found that the critical cases or the number of patients being ventilated is also low. "
Dr. Kamble said the stock for the treatment of influenza A H1N1 needed supplementation. "Tamiflu, which is given to patients suffering from influenza A H1N1, is extremely important and we do not have enough supplies, so we only called on the central ministry of health a few days ago to get us the required amount of tamiflu tablets. send. "
All medical officials of the districts have been instructed to buy tamiflu from their own budget until the center has sent enough stock, said Dr. Kamble.
According to the report, all 5.56 lakh people were screened for the virus and around 5,318 they got tamiflu until Tuesday, he said.
Swine flu active in alternate years
Dr. Anjali Sabne, assistant health officer, PMC, had said in an earlier interview: "It has been observed that the H1N1 virus is more active in alternating years, so last year there were fewer cases of swine flu and the number of deaths was also much less. "
Fatalities due to swine flu in the city in 2015 were 153 and 10 died in 2016. There were 108 deaths due to swine flu in 2017.
Published for the first time: August 22, 2018 16:38 IST