A 20-year-old woman on Tuesday became the first pregnant casualty of influenza A H1N1 in the national Capital. With her death, the number of deaths has touched nine.
The woman, whose unborn child also couldn’t survive, was five months pregnant.
Anita Devi was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital on September 18 and finally succumbed to respiratory failure as a result of the flu four days later on Tuesday. Her test report had come positive for the disease on September 20.
According to the doctors treating her, the Badarpur resident’s case was of delayed diagnosis. “She was taking treatment in some private hospital before coming to Safdarjung. It’s really sad. Had she come to us on time, we might have saved her,” said Kiran Walia, Delhi Health Minister.
“The baby had already died inside the womb before she passed away early in the morning. We have been telling people to come to government hospitals directly and not take chances with their lives. The family here risked the life of their unborn child,” said Dr Anjan Prakash, additional nodal officer for H1N1 in the Capital.
In all the total number of deaths due to swine flu in Delhi and NCR region is 14. Apart from nine deaths in Delhi, the remaining six deaths were reported from Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad. Delhi had 108 confirmed cases on Tuesday, taking the total number of persons affected with the disease to 2,065.
Retail of Tamiflu okayed
The state health department on Tuesday officially allowed the retail sale of anti-viral drug tamiflu at authorised drug stores in the city.
Following the issue of a circular from the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday, approving the retail sale of the drug, the Delhi government began the process of shortlisting pharmacies to be authorised to sell the drug.
“We have to zero in on 30 such drug stores across the city and we are in the process of sorting the names,” said Walia. All the drug stores authorised to sell schedule X drugs- those that come under narcotics category, are qualified to sell tamiflu.
“As per the instructions of the notification, we will identify chemists in every district who have Schedule X licence for sale of the drug,” said Walia.