Crossing all the inter-state borders, swine flu is taking national character with top government officials becoming the latest victims after many doctors succumbed to the dreaded virus that is spreading fast all over the country with the total number of positive cases as of Friday reaching 11,955, with 743 deaths..
Sunil Gupta, superintendent of police in Jammu and Kashmir died on Feb 19 after hit by H1N1 virus, doctors confirmed on Saturday, taking the toll to five in the valley.
“We had sent samples of the patient for H1N1 testing who died of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) on Thursday. The test report has confirmed that the patient had been infected by H1N1 swine flu virus that resulted ARDS which caused his death”.
The doctor also confirmed that three other patients have tested positive for swine flu in Jammu, while Srinagar with 12 more testing positive for the virus, the number of people infected by H1N1 in the Valley has risen to 96.
Confirming this to IANS, doctors at the super specialty Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) said one of the patients had been put on life support system since his condition was critical.
“There are 12 patients in the isolation ward of the hospital who are being treated for swine flu”, a senior doctor said here.
Ghaziabad authorities are surprised when the deadly swine flu infected its administrative head, District Magistrate Vimal Kumar Sharma who was admitted in to a private hospital as government hospitals were found insufficently stocked with medicines.
So far, 350 swine flu tests have been conducted in Ghaziabad, 42 turning positive and they have been referred to neighbouring Delhi hospitals, said UP Chief Medical Officer Ajay Agrawal.
The national capital has reported 3 more deaths on Friday taking the toll to 9. The Directorate of Health Services (DHS) said 2 patients aged 69 and 51 years succumbed to the viral disease on Thursday in B.L. Kapoor hospital and Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, respectively.
“The point of concern is that while the 69-year-old admitted at B.L. Kapoor was also suffering from blood cancer, the other patient aged 51 was suffering from heart ailment. Swine flu complications intensified their problems,” said a DHS official.
The third death was of a 23-year-old pregnant woman admitted to LNJP hospital. Delhi has recorded 2,060 cases of swine flu as of Friday.
Down South, Tamil Nadu has reported a total of 115 people discharged after treat for swine flu, said Tamil Nadu Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar. Around 7,000 sets of protective medical equipment have been given to health professionals – doctors and others – attending to swine flu patients, he added.