Man dies at SMHS Hospital of suspected swine flu

Shafaq Shah

Srinagar: A 25-year-old man admitted to the ICU of SMHS Hospital on Sunday afternoon for severe respiratory distress died on Monday night, with doctors suspecting the death might have been caused due to swine flu virus.
Doctors said the patient was suffering from respiratory distress and was in state of shock when he was brought to the hospital.
“The patient had multiple organ failure. His throat swab samples have been sent to SKIMS for tests that will show the type of the viral infection. But clinically he had the symptoms of swine flu,” said a doctor who had treated the patient.
SMHS Hospital has no influenza virus testing facility and suspected swine flu patients are being admitted to the ICU because it also lacks an isolation ward.
At present, three confirmed H1N1 positive patients are being treated at the ICU. Seven other patients suffering from respiratory ailments, whose samples have been sent for tests, have been admitted to other wards at the hospital.
Govt releases money for testing labs
Under attack for being caught unawares by an outbreak of swine flu—12 people have died so far in the state and about 200 tested positive at SKIMS only—the government on Tuesday released Rs 11.93 crore for setting up testing laboratories at GMC, Jammu and Chest Diseases Hospital Srinagar. An official spokesman said the cabinet has taken “a serious view of the non-availability of testing facilities in Jammu”.