542 swine flu deaths, 6,803 cases in India this year
As many as 542 people have died of swine flu or H1N1 flu in several states across the country and 6,803 cases recorded so far this year, with Maharashtra and Rajasthan registering the highest number of incidences, according to an official.
Here are the reports on cases and deaths of influenza A (H1N1) based on the reports received from states/UTs to Central Surveillance Unit, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), till October 14, this year.
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Maharashtra - 217 deaths out of 1,793 cases reported till October 14.
Rajasthan - 191 people succumbed to H1N1 complications out of 1,912 cases.
Gujarat - 45 people died out of 1,478 reported cases.
Delhi - one death and 111 cases till October 12.
In 2017, the country registered 38,811 swine flu cases of which, 2,270 people died.
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Steps taken by the government to check the spread of H1N1 Influenza or swine flu.
- Union Health Minister J P Nadda recently reviewed the seasonal influenza outbreak situation in the country.
- The minister stressed early detection, reporting and proper categorization of patients as critical for seasonal influenza management.
- Nadda has directed health officials to ensure continuous monitoring of the cases.
- The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been told to monitor the cases on a daily basis. States told to ensure sufficient supplies of drugs and testing kits.
- All cases which require hospitalisation are monitored intensively both at district and state level so that fatalities can be avoided.
- The NCDC and Emergency Medical Relief (EMR) are coordinating with the states to provide training for ventilator management, the official added.
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First Published : 22 Oct 2018, 08:27:07 PM