Swine Flu kills 343 people in Gujarat, more than 450 in Maharashtra


Authorities in Gujarat say that after the reports of five more deaths in the last 24 hours due to swine flu, the number of death on account of the infection in the state since January has risen to 343.

As per the bulletin issued by the state Health Department, five persons infected with H1N1 virus died in different parts of the state in the last 24 hours.

In last three days alone 20 persons have died during due to the infection. Also, 152 new cases of swine flu were reported today.

The government said the number of new cases are getting reduced and a total of 3,447 swine flue patients have been cured till date.

The bulletin further said that due to the swift action by the Gujarat Government, including door-to-door surveillance, spread of virus has been contained.

Explaining the worsening situation in Gujarat, Dr Deepak Bhattacharya, one of the three experts who took stock of the swine flu situation in Gujarat from 22 to 24 August said, “The reason for Gujarat witnessing so many swine flu cases is that the state has the best surveillance system and higher reporting.”

However, Dr Leela Visaria, public health expert and former director of Gujarat Institute of Development Research, said, “There is no preparedness or planning. In fact, the government is only focusing on lifestyle diseases because the onus goes on individuals when it comes to lifestyle diseases”

Elsewhere, in Mahrashtra, the  the H1N1 influenza virus has claimed more than 450 lives, reported Indian Express.

According to a report by NDTV, in 2015, Maharashtra had 8,538 swine flu cases and 903 deaths, while Gujarat had 7,180 cases and 517 deaths.