Most swine flu deaths in age group 41-70: health department
Of the 49 swine flu deaths reported in Maharashtra this year, the maximum is in the age bracket of 41 to 70, 30% of the patients suffered from hypertension and 28% from diabetes, according to the data provided. by the state health department.
The deaths include 32 in the 41-70 age group, eight (21-40 age group), eight (71-90 age group) and one in the 1-10 year age group. Of the total deaths, 15 were female and 34 were male.
Of all the patients, 19 suffered from hypertension and 18 had been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. Eleven patients reported encephalitis, asthma, heart disease, obesity, hypothyroidism and other diseases. While 15 patients or 23.81% reported no history of comorbidity.
Of the total number of deaths reported in the state, nine have been recorded in Pune district, which is the second highest after Thane, which saw 12 patients succumb to swine flu.
Dr Ashish Bharti, head of the health department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), said high-risk patients were advised to get the swine flu vaccine.
“We have distributed vaccines in PMC-run hospitals where high-risk patients such as pregnant women and patients with comorbidities are advised to take the swine flu vaccine,” Dr Bharti said.
State health department data shows that 18 patients lost their lives on the first day of admission and 13 between 4 and 6 days of hospital treatment.
Dr Pradeep Awate, the state watchdog, said Maharashtra has reported over 1,449 cases of swine flu so far.
“We routinely test patients for swine flu which has become endemic since the 2009 pandemic. Deaths are widely reported among the older age group with comorbid conditions,” Dr Awate said.