Year’s second swine flu death reported in city
A total of 31 cases have been reported till April 8 with the first death in Feb
New Delhi: The national capital witnessed its second swine flu death of this year late last week, revealed a senior doctor at the Apollo hospitals. While the second death doesn’t figure in the latest Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, a report prepared by the Ministry of Health (the report has data till April 8), the total number of cases reported in Delhi so far this year is 31. The first death was in February. The increase in cases has seen hospitals opening isolation wards.
The national Capital witnessed its second swine flu death this year late last week, revealed a senior doctor at the Apollo Hospitals. However, the death is not mentioned in the latest Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), a report by the Ministry of Health, which revealed status till April 8. This year, a total of 31 cases have been reported in Delhi, with first death being reported in February.
The patient, a 40-year-old from outside Delhi, had visited the Apollo Hospitals with signs of fever. He was diagnosed with swine flu and died soon after he was admitted to the hospital.
New cases started to appear in January when six cases were reported in the first week itself. The ministry report reveals 2,835 cases and 12 deaths due to H1N1 fever in 2017 in Delhi as compared to 193 cases and seven deaths in 2016.
The increased cases have led to new isolation wards being made at several hospitals in Delhi, whereas some hospitals are still using their swine flu wards as dengue/chikungunya
Most of those who succumbed are children, elderly, pregnant women or people with chronic lung disease. I strongly recommend that at least the vulnerable population, especially the healthcare workers, must take these vaccines.
Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Director General ICMR,
“We are prepared for the worse. All medicines, IVs are in stock and isolation wards and ICUs are available too,” said Dr VK Tiwari, Medical Superintendent, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
The surge in cases had led to the Delhi government issue a health advisory in January for the prevention of influenza H1N1 virus, commonly known as Swine Flu. According to the advisory, the symptoms of H1N1 are -- fever and cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and difficulty in breathing. The other symptoms may include body ache, headache, fatigue, chills, diarrhea and vomiting, and blood-stained sputum.
“It is very important to cover nose and mouth with disposable tissue or handkerchief while coughing and sneezing. Do not shake hands with people suffering from any kind of flu or even if you have to, use hand sanitizers,” says Dr S P Byotra, Head of Department of Internal Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
The patient, a 40-year-old from outside Delhi, had visited the Apollo Hospitals with signs of fever—File photo