Nashik: After a nine-month hiatus, swine flu has struck again claiming the four loves this year so far. According to the Nashik Municipal Corporation’s (NMC’s) medical department a total of 71 swine flu patients have been recorded within the civic limits from January to September. Notably, there has been a significant rise in the number of swine flu patients in past 18 days. Only in past 18 days a total of 52 patients have been found infected with the fatal viral disease.
Since past three-four years, the city was gripped by swine flu infections. Last year, 264 swine flu patients were found within the civic limits and 230 were found outside the city. In the last one year, the disease took toll of 74 lives. Out of which the disease took toll of 32 lives in the civic limits and 42 outside the NMC limits. The effect of the disease had died down by November 2017. The number of patients admitted to the municipal hospitals had also reduced significantly.
While it was being believed that the infections has receded, on January 24, 2018 a 45-year-old woman resident of Rajrajeshwari Nagar area from Jail Road, was admitted to a private hospital near Mumbai Naka. She breathed her last a day later at the hospital. Since January till September 18, the viral disease has taken toll of as many as 18 lives. Out of which the disease took toll of six lives in the civic limits and 12 outside the NMC limits.
Taking a serious note of the rising number of swine flu patients within the civic limits, the medical department of the civic body has carried out a survey in the city. Meanwhile, in order to battle the situation, the medical department has kept the Swine Flu Cell at Dr Zakhir Husain Hospital ready to meet any contingency, informed medical superintendent Jairam Kothari.