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Maharashtra plans free swine flu vaccine for diabetic, hypertensive people

From December 1, the vaccine will be given free to such people with co-infections to bring down high mortality figures.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
November 26, 2015 12:14:49 am
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The state health department plans to introduce free vaccination against swine flu (H1N1 virus) for people who are both diabetic and hypertensive.

From December 1, the vaccine will be given free to such people with co-infections to bring down high mortality figures.

At present, the vaccine is being given to pregnant women, which brought down mortality among them, say health officials.

“Since January this year, there have been 894 deaths across the state due to swine flu (H1N1 virus). Of these, 189 had diabetes while 195 had hypertension,” Dr Kanchan Jagtap, state’s joint director of health, said. “Our analysis shows that at least 20-25 per cent of the people suffered from both diabetes and hypertension,” officials said.

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At present, the injectable vaccine is being given free to women in their second and third trimester of their pregnancy at 67 vaccination centres across the state and around 20,329 of such women have been administered the dose. The vaccine has been tolerated by the pregnant women and is showing good results with a dip in mortality levels, an expert committee on communicable diseases chaired by Dr Subash Salunkhe has found.

“We are anticipating a rise in swine flu (H1N1 virus) cases and persons with co-morbidities is yet another high-risk group,” Salunkhe told The Indian Express.

More vaccination centres
While vaccination centres in Pune are at present located at District Hospital at Aundh and civic hospitals in PMC and PCMC areas, taluka-level health care centres will also be supplied with vaccination doses. “We have asked for one lakh doses of the injectable vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur. So far, we have got 70,000 and plans are now afoot to increase the number of vaccination centres and include taluka-level health centres,” Dr Jagtap added.

Woman 150th swine flu victim
On Wednesday, a woman from Shirol taluka of Kolhapur died of swine flu at a hospital in Pune, Dr Anjali Sabne, acting deputy medical officer of health at PMC, said.

Of the 150 swine flu deaths registered by PMC health authorities so far this year, 49 were residents of Pune city.

According to state health department data, there were 74 swine flu deaths in Pune rural areas.

Of the 63 swine flu deaths registered by Pimpri-Chinchwad civic authorities, 38 were from this twin township.

Across the state, there were 82 swine flu deaths in Nagpur urban, 77 in Nashik, 70 in Mumbai and 50 in Thane.

Surveillance for dengue
Unseasonal rains in November have led to health officials intensifying surveillance for dengue. Dr Salunkhe said nodal persons were being identified at primary health centres and at the village level to provide weekly reports on fever cases that would help identify dengue patients.

According to Dr Jagtap, there have been 3,878 dengue cases and 21 deaths so far this year across the state, as against 7,759 dengue cases and 141 deaths in 2014.

In PMC area, 307 dengue cases and one death have been registered, while in PCMC area, 227 dengue cases were reported this year. In Pune rural, there have been 131 dengue cases and one death so far this year.

Last year, PMC areas had registered dengue 643 cases and 10 deaths while PCMC had reported 492 dengue cases and five deaths. Pune rural had 227 cases and eight deaths.

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