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Death Rate Rises to Three, Nine New Cases Reported in Delhi

While swine flu seems to be spreading across the national capital, a third death due to the sameand nine new cases have been reported here on Wednesday. The situation has triggered the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the city health department to hold a meeting to review the condition on Wednesday.

The fresh cases included the case of a woman doctor from the city’s Lady Hardinge hospital. Following the deaths, the NCDC and the city health department on Wednesday held a meeting to review the situation.

“Training started today (on Wednesday) onwards for health staff at every government and selected private hospitals on how to handle swine flu cases,” said Charan Singh, an official of the Delhi health department.

“Health secretary S.C.L. Das has also decided to review the training sessions at every hospital on Thursday onwards, both by visiting the hospitals and also over the phone,” he said.

A 42-year-old woman from Uttam Nagar in West Delhi and a 39-year-old man from Faridabad in the National Capital Region have succumbed to death on Tuesday night.

It was just two week ago, a 51-year-old woman died of swine flu at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

“The woman from Uttam Nagar died Tuesday night at a private hospital, while the Faridabad patient died at the east Delhi-based Deepak Memorial Hospital,” said Charan Singh. He said that the samples of both of the patients were confirmed at the NCDC.

As per the reports from IANS, the patients were under constant medication and close observation of medical experts. This year, Delhi has witnessed 22 swine flu cases, as per reports.

When the health officials said that even the doctors dealing with swine flu patients are not given the vaccination, a senior doctor reportedly said, “Last year too, when a large number of cases were reported in the city, we were not given any vaccination. We were just provided with the personal protective equipment like hand gloves and mask.”

 

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