CUTTACK: A two-year-old child died of deadly swine flu at SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack on Friday night taking the toll to eight this season. Sources said the deceased belonged to Khurda district and he was undergoing treatment in a private hospital at Bhubaneswar. He was shifted to SCBMCH in a critical condition on Friday evening and succumbed while undergoing treatment.
SCBMCH swine flu ward Nodal Officer Manoranjan Patnaik said the ailing child was admitted in a gasping condition. “He was immediately put on ventilator. After nearly three hours of treatment, he succumbed. With this, the total number of swine flu death at SCBMCH stood at three,” Dr Patnaik said.
However, of the 31 samples sent for test, seven persons, including four women, were detected with swine flu. So far, 103 persons have been tested positive for H1N1 leaving the health administration on tenterhooks.
Meanwhile, another death due to dengue was reported in the State on Saturday, second in four days. The deceased, a 27-year-old native of Basudevpur in Bhadrak district, died at SCBMCH.According to hospital sources, the patient was admitted on August 8. He was undergoing treatment in the central ICU where he succumbed at about 8 am.
“The liver of the patient, who was addicted to alcohol, was in a very bad condition. Despite all efforts, we could not save his life,” said Associate Professor, Department of Medicine-cum-Nodal officer of SCBMCH Dengue Ward Dr Sriprasad Mohanty. With this, the SCBMCH has so far recorded two dengue deaths this season. Earlier, a 35-year-old man had died of dengue on August 9. As many as 23 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at SCBMCH. The State has reported 367 dengue positive cases with Bhadrak topping the list with 59 patients followed by Cuttack 57 and Balasore 53.