With two more women succumbing to the H1N1 virus, death toll from swine flu in Punjab reached 11. Nearly 30 patients of the flu are in hospitals across the state.
In the first case reported on Sunday, a 40-year-old woman from Garhshankar in Hoshiarpur died of the flu at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), Chandigarh, late on Saturday. The victim, Satnam Kaur, was cremated at the village on Sunday. District epidemiologist Dr Sailesh Kumar said she had directly been taken to the PGI and they were informed about her swine flu positive status on February 2.
In the other case, Mayawati (58), who was admitted to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot with swine flu, succumbed to the disease on Saturday night. Dr Mohinder Singh Jassal, civil surgeon, Faridkot, confirmed that she died of swine flu, and that another youth was admitted to the hospital with flu symptoms.
In Amritsar, Rajwinder Kaur (35), a resident of Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, a suspected swine flu patient, died at the isolation ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital late on Saturday night. Her test reports were awaited.
Punjab medical education and research minister Anil Joshi visited the Amritsar hospital to take stock of the facilities. Joshi’s visit came in the wake of the charges of negligence against the doctors by kin of patients who died at the isolation ward.
He issued instructions to the doctors that “no negligence would be tolerated”. Joshi also urged people not to panic.
Efforts were being made to provide infrastructure and medicines to deal with swine flu, the minister added.