The H1N1 virus may have claimed 18 lives across the state in a span of two months but health minister Suresh Shetty went on record on Friday to say that that there is no reason to panic. He said the swine flu victim who passed away yesterday was from Dhule. She had been brought to Mumbai for treatment at the JJ hospital so ‘technically’ Mumbai hadn’t recoded any swine flu deaths.
“The virus is in the air and the state government has taken all steps to tackle the issue. Nine of the patients who succumbed to the virus had other major complications such as diabetes, kidney disorder, cancer or hypertension. The statistics reveals that the situation is under control,” said Shetty at the state legislative council during a debate on the H1N1 situation in Maharashtra.