TIRUCHY: A 38-year-old woman from Ariyalur died of swine flu on Sunday. Medical officials said the woman had contracted fever a week ago and was admitted in a private hospital. But since she did not respond to treatment there, she was referred to the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital, where she died.
Health officials said the woman, Sellam (38), wife of Rajendran of Agaram had been running high temperature for a weel and was admitted in a private hospital. However, her condition was not stable.
Deputy Director of Health Service (DDHS), Dr Porkodi told Express that they learnt that the patient had hypertension and shifted to a private hospital in Tiruchy, as per their request. “Since she was very sick we took a blood sample and sent it to a lab,” she said.
Subsequenty, the woman’s relatives admitted her in the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital where she was put on ventilator. But she, unfoartunateley, passed away on Sunday morning.
“Upon learning about her death, we rushed to the house of the patient and provided ‘tamiflu’ to relatives, who were close to the patient,” a health officer further said.
Further, prophylactic medicines were also provided to the private hospital staff, the official added..
Meanwhile, a 10-month-old baby tests positive for H1N1.
A 10-month-old male baby tested positive for H1N1 in Tiruchy on Saturday. However, he was discharged after treatment at MGMGH and his condition is said to be stable.
Health officials said that a 43-year-old woman, Nagakanni of Vasan nagar died in the city of swine flu on November 11.
Deputy Director of Health Service (DDHS), Tiruchy, Dr I Raveendran said at the time of Nagakanni’s death, they sensed her 10-month-old grandson was down with fever prompting the team of doctors to test the boy’s blood. “The test showed that he was swine flu positive and we immediately started treatment in the hospital following which his condition improved significantly,” he added.