Four people have died of swine flu in Mumbai since January 19 out of 23 positive cases that have been detected so far, a top Brihanmubai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said today.
Additional Municipal Commissioner, Sanjay Deshmukh, in charge of health department said, “As of now there is no need to panic regarding swine flu outbreak in Mumbai. BMC is prepared for H1N1 and have kept two beds reserved in every hospital for patients. Along with KEM, Nair and Sion, we have treatment facilities in Kasturba hospital.”
"We have found cases of people suffering from the H1N1 virus in Mumbai, but the situation is in no way alarming. From January 19 till today there have been a total of 23 cases detected, out of which 4 people have lost their lives," Deshmukh told reporters.
He said two persons died while undergoing treatment at BMC-run hospitals and two others in private hospitals.
"Three people (out of total number of positive cases) have been completely cured and allowed to go home," he said, adding that four patients are currently undergoing treatment in BMC-run hospitals, while the rest in private hospitals.
Out of 12 patients currently admitted, 5 are in serious condition and have been put on ventilators.
Deshmukh said 13 positive cases out of total 23 were not residents of Mumbai, and had come to the city to avail treatment.
"People should ensure that if they get cough, cold or fever (and) head pains they should not try self medication. They should immediately contact the nearest hospital and get themselves tested for swine flu," Deshmukh said.
He said there are medicines available to treat swine flu and there is no need to panic.
"This disease spreads through air and hence if you have cough, use of a handkerchief is very important. Such people should also avoid going in crowded places," he added.
Deshmukh said people should ensure that those suffering from swine flu should not leave medication midway.
"Unless swine flu is completely treated, it can re-occur. Only once certified by a doctor, can medicines be stopped," he said.