National Capital Records First Swine Flu Fatality
A 51-year-old woman from Ghaziabad succumbed to the virus at a private hospital in New Delhi on Friday.
According to the officials at the Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, where the patient was admitted, the woman was moved here from the Columbia Asia Hospital in Ghaziabad a few days ago. She was brought in a critical condition and had to be kept on ventilator support.
The Delhi Government’s health department asked the government hospitals to be on high alert. Hospitals have been directed to take appropriate measures to treat swine flu cases. According to the Directorate of Health Services, this month, six cases of swine flu have been reported in the national capital and its adjacent areas.
Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by A H1N1 viruses that infect the respiratory tract of pigs and can be transmitted to humans. Symptoms of swine flu in humans are similar to influenza infections, which includes fever, nasal secretions, cough, fatigue, and headache.
“This is the first death due to swine flu this year. A total 32 positive cases of swine flu have been reported in Delhi and NCR since January 1 till date,” said Dr. Dalveer Singh, State Epidemiologist, holding the additional charge of Public Health.
The deceased, identified as Sheel Goel, was a resident of the East Model Town in Ghaziabad. She was admitted to the ICU of Ganga Ram Hospital in a grave condition on December 21.
From January till November this year, swine flu has claimed 204 lives in India and as many as 831 outbreaks have been reported during the same period.
The maximum number of swine flu cases were reported from Gujarat. 155 people were affected and of these 55 people succumbed to the disease. Maharashtra reported 112 cases and 42 deaths occurred. Karnataka reported 294 cases and 33 deaths and Punjab reported 56 cases and 30 deaths.
According to the data provided by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, there has been an outbreak of the Influenza A H1N1 that has caused swine flu since 200910, with irregular outbreaks been reported from various states including: Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Kerala.
To prevent the spread of the virus that killed 75 people in 2011, 405 in 2012 and 699 in 2013, the Health Ministry has provided guidelines on screening and categorisation of patients, laboratory diagnosis, infection control, home care and clinical management. Technical support for early detection of the disease is provided by Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) and through the network of 26 laboratories in the government sector.