STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Swine Flu Claims Two More Lives

In the last one month, four deaths have been reported due to the deadly flu in the state

Published: 15th September 2015 04:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th September 2015 04:33 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Swine Flu seems to be spreading at an alarming rate as it claimed one more life on Monday, that of a 60-year-old woman, while test report of a 55-year-old woman, who died on September 12, which was out on Monday, revealed that she too died of swine flu taking the number of deaths to four in the last one month.

Death of the  55-year-old woman from Mahbubnagar on Saturday left many officials perplexed as it was recorded that samples from the patient were sent from Gandhi Hospital to the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) for tests on September 12, morning while the patient died at 4 a.m. on the same day. The test reports were, however, tabled by 4.30 p.m.

Flu.jpgConsidering the timings, some officials suspected whether hospital staff collected the samples before or after the woman’s death. “The samples were sent in the morning, while the woman died in the wee hours. It is unclear when the staff collected the samples,” said a source.

However, swine flu nodal officer at the hospital, Dr K Narasimhulu, said that the samples were collected four hours before the woman died.

“She was admitted at 11.45 p.m. on September 11, and we collected samples for tests 15 minutes later. She died after four hours of collecting the sample,” he added.

Also, sources pointed out that IPM has not learnt from the mistakes it committed last season. Though the 55-year-old woman from Hyderabad who died on Monday was detected positive on September 11, staff could not trace her as IPM accepted her samples devoid of address.

The only detail that officials knew was that she was admitted at Owaisi Hospital. “However, when our staff went to check on her condition on Saturday, they learnt there was no such patient at the hospital. And on Monday we received the news that she died at a private Hospital,” said a source, adding had IPM was particular about the address, tracing her would have been easy.

Usually, with help of patients’ address, the officials check if family members or those who were in close contact with H1N1 patient contracted the infection, and they provide prophylactic treatment to avoid the  flu. Lack of contact details derails the process of containing H1N1.

The five positive patients include, a 37-year-old woman from Saidabad, 52-year-old man from Kadapa, 59-year-old woman from Boduppal and a 38-year-old man from Nagole. Even youngsters are contracting the flu as a 25-year-old woman from Moula Ali also tested positive for H1N1.

Stay up to date on all the latest Hyderabad news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp