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Bhopal records second swine flu death; hospitals on alert

Bhopal recorded its second swine flu death for this season on Thursday. The patient was admitted to Sharda Hospital on January 16 and died in the wee hours of Thursday.

bhopal Updated: Jan 23, 2015 18:40 IST
HT Correspondents

Bhopal recorded its second swine flu death for this season on Thursday. The patient was admitted to Sharda Hospital on January 16 and died in the wee hours of Thursday.

Dr Umesh Sharda from Sharda Hospital said they had sent the report of the death of Ramesh Bhawsar (51), resident of Nehru Nagar, to the chief medical and health officer (CMHO).

He said the patient had died due to swine flu. He further said they had sent the swab sample of the patient to a laboratory at Jabalpur for confirmation on Tuesday.

HT tried to contact the Bhopal CMHO for further details, but she didn't respond. According to the state health department, nearly a dozen patients suffering from swine flu are undergoing treatment in Indore and Bhopal.

Woman diagnosed in Betul district

Meanwhile, a middle aged woman was diagnosed with swine flu in Betul district. After Vandana Ogle developed fever and other related symptoms, a private hospital in Betul referred her to a hospital in Nagpur.

At Nagpur, her swab sample was sent to Mumbai for confirmation. She tested positive for swine flu on Tuesday. She is now on ventilator support and is being treated for the flu.

Fresh steps to tackle disease in Indore

Meanwhile, in Indore, alarmed by an increase in the number of swine flu cases in the city, the district health department has decided to follow an entirely fresh approach towards tackling the disease.

After a meeting of the officials headed by the divisional commissioner, authorities have issued orders to the health department regarding the course to be taken for the treatment of the disease.

"Swine flu is spreading rapidly. Due to this, we have decided to make people aware of the disease and tackle it accordingly," said Sanjay Dubey, divisional commissioner.

All the hospitals in the district have been asked to start the dosage for Tami Flu, the medicine used to treat swine flu, as soon as the patient showed symptoms. The hospital authorities have also been told not to wait for the results of the tests.

"We don't want any death to be caused due to the delay in reports. So, we have asked the hospitals to start the medication as soon as the patient shows symptoms of swine flu," said Dubey.

A three-member team, comprising of the joint director, the chief medical health officer and another senior doctor under the dean of medical college, will be constituted.

This team will supervise the treatment given to swine flu patients. Moreover, in case of death without confirmation of swine flu, the team will conduct the death audit.

The 16 hospitals, where swine flu is being treated, have also been asked to report the presence of patients and their case histories to this team. To create awareness amongst the public, 25 hoardings will also be etched out at public places, which will carry useful information about the disease.