TIRUCHY: A 43-year-old woman died of H1N1 early Tuesday morning at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital (MGMGH), and it is said to be the first swine flu death in the district.
MGMGH officials said the patient with severe complications was admitted in the last stage after undergoing treatment in a private hospital. Health official sources said the 43-year-old Nagakanni, wife of Chellasamy of Rettavaikkal in the city, had high temperature with respiratory problems for the past seven days. So, she was admitted to a private hospital. Sources said that since her condition started deteriorating, the doctors suspected she was infected with swine flu leading them to take a blood sample and the diagnosis revealed that she was tested H1N1 positive.
So, they referred her to MGMGH on Monday night, where she died.
“My mother was running high temperature from November 5 and was admitted to a private hospital on November 7. The medical officials did not inform anything about her health till the night of November 9 and they said got H1N1 before they insisted us and referred to MGHMGH,” said the victim’s son Chellapandi.
In fact, the district had already seen 19 swine flu cases from January and this is the first swine flu death. However, health officials claimed that there was no proper source for people to contract this disease in the city.
Speaking to Express, J Radhakrishnan, State health secretary, said there was no need for panic. “Going by the present scenario, the patient had travelled to many places. She already had asthma, which would have been another detrimental factor,” he said, stressing that the government has enough stock of drugs to curb any outbreak.