Srinagar woman dies of swine flue

Junaid Nabi Bazaz

SRINGAR: One more person has died of swine flu infection in the Valley, taking the death toll to 18 in the state.
Dr Parvez Kaul, in charge of H1N1 project at SKIMS, told Kashmir Reader that the patient was identified as a 55-year-old woman from Nowhatta area of downtown Srinagar who died at the hospital on Tuesday.
“She was a tested H1NI positive who was admitted in the hospital on March 4. Since then she was under treatment but succumbed to the infection,” Dr Kaul said.
He said the lady also had co-morbidities (suffering from other disease) in the form of chronic kidney disease.
Though the number of swine flu patients has gone down in the Valley, SKIMS examined 53 patients in the special OPD set for the swine flu patients on Tuesday.
A SKIMS spokesperson said the number of tested swine flu patients has so far reached 394 in the Valley. In Jammu region, 40 patients have tested positive for H1NI virus.
Meanwhile, out of the 18 deaths caused due to the infection, 13 are from the Valley alone while the rest are from Jammu region.
The Valley hospitals, including SKIMS, the only hospital were testing of H1NI is done in the Valley, are largely ill-prepared to tackle the infection, although hospitals were receiving patients since October last year.
The JK government has also failed to utilize Rs 2.47 crore which was sanctioned by New Delhi in December 2013 exclusively for setting up of laboratories.
At present there is no hospital in the Valley which has set up scientifically approved isolation wards where swine flu patients can be treated. The infected patients are treated in makeshift isolation wards which were set up only after the deaths were reported by the media.