A 44-year-old woman from Faridabad died of cardiac arrest after testing positive for H1N1 on Monday.
Usha Jain died at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, taking the H1N1 toll in the Capital to three.
Jain was critical when she was brought to RML from a Faridabad hospital on Friday, August 21.
The Capital reported its first swine flu deaths last Wednesday (August 19) with 31-year-old man Samrat Pandya from Gurgaon and 38-year-old Renu Gupta from Model Town succumbing to H1N1-related complications. Both were treated for flu-related complications in private hospitals before being referred to RML.
“Jain was brought to RML Hospital on a ventilator from a private nursing home in Faridabad, where she had gone for treatment initially. Though we did all we could, her condition remained extremely critical all throughout,” said Dr N.K. Chaturvedi, Medical Superintendent, RML.
“Jain had three cardiac arrests on Monday and was resuscitated with great difficulty as her lungs were completely blocked on Tuesday morning. She died of a cardiac pulmonary arrest,” said Dr Chaturvedi.
Jain had a history of rheumatoid arthritis and had been on medication for it since long, which further complicated her condition.
“She had been home with flu symptoms for seven long days before her family took her to a local nursing home. Her condition had become worse by the time doctors got to examine her,” said Dr Chaturvedi.
Jain’s case raises questions about the status of the awareness programme run by the health departments in the National Capital Region.