The death toll due to Swine Flu has risen to 31 this season in Jammu and Kashmir including 28 deaths alone at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura so far.
As per the figures revealed by Ministry for Health and Family Welfare, which maintains the records of Swine Flu cases across India under its Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme (IDSP), a total of 31 patients have died due to H1N1 this season.
“25 patients died in the previous year, while as six (06) deaths were reported in the past three weeks,” the statistics which has been updated on14 January noted adding that at least 8 positive cases were detected this month (January).
The first death this season was reported on 23 October (2017).
IDSP is one of the major National Health Mission Programme under National Health Mission for all States and Union Territories.
In an extraordinary revelation, 2017 witnessed the highest number of deaths due to Swine Flu which is a record so far in Jammu and Kashmir.
SKIMS, which is the lone centre treating H1N1 patients has alone witnessed 28 deaths so far due to influenza.
Interim director, SKIMS, Dr Omar Javid Shah told Rising Kashmir that three H1N1 positive patients are undergoing treatment in the hospital’s isolation ward.
“Since October last year, we received 138 positive cases across Kashmir, of them 107 were discharged and 28 have died in the hospital,” he said.
Dr Shah claimed they have sufficient supplies including vaccines, masks and Tamiflu tablets at the hospital.
“This time we are middle of the winter season. We expect Swine Flu cases up to March. This season H1N1 started early in October but last year it began in December,” he said adding that in 2017, the cases increased in the month of February.
In November last year, SKIMS authorities predicted a rise in the influenza cases due to the prevailing cold weather condition in the Valley.
In 2010, World Health Organisation (WHO) had announced that the H1N1 influenza virus has moved into the post-pandemic period.