Swine flu or the H1N1 virus is fast spreading in Gujarat with 10 more deaths reported on Sunday alone and the total swine flu deaths in the state reaching 81 this year, reports said.
Swine flu director of Gujarat Dr Kamlesh Upadhyay has attributed the dramatic rise in deaths due to initial treatment with anti-biotics instead of anti-viral drugs.
“There is a tradition of misusing antibiotics. I feel that if anti-viral medicine is used, it will be of greater benefit,” he said and advised people to get swine flu vaccine for all, including the pregnant women.
Another reason is delay in getting treatment for swine flu which displays the disease with symptoms like cold, cough and high fever.
In Gujarat, a swine flu detecting laboratory has been opened on Sunday in view of the rise in swine flu deaths in the vicinity. Otherwise, two people each died in Ahmedabad, Kutch, Surat on Sunday. One each died in Vadodara, Narmada, Surendranagar and Dahod, said reports.
Ahmedabad alone reported 46 cases while Surat 17, Kutch 16 and Voadodara 8 on Sunday. With 117 new reports reported on Sunday, the state health department is on its toes to take preventive measures and increase the supply of Tamiflu medicine across the state.
More than 200 people died of swine flu in the country till Feb 2 and the Union Health Ministry reviewed the situation with the directors of state health departments on Friday last.
The meeting, chaired by additional secretary in the health ministry, A.K. Panda and attended by senior health officials of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Telangana, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Odisha, reviewed adequacy of isolation wards, medicines, personal protective equipment (PPE) and masks.
The ministry has advised for inter-state transfer of drugs to states such as Punjab and Madhya Pradesh from states which have adequate stock of the drug, to augment their supply.
PPE and testing kits will be supplied immediately from National Centre for Disease Control to states which have requisitioned them.