Two fresh cases of swine flu deaths were reported from the Capital on Monday, taking the total death toll to 34.
Delhi reported 198 positive swine flu cases on Monday, taking the total number of people affected by H1N1 influenza A virus to 6,171.
Among the swine flu victims was Balam Singh (52), a resident of Janakpuri who breathed his last at Mata Chanan Devi Hospital in Janakpuri. The second case was of a nine-month-old baby girl Jahnvi from Bhajanpura who passed away at St. Stephen’s Hospital.
“Both the patients were brought in very late and in a critical condition and had to be put on ventilator support immediately,” said Dr Anjan Prakash, nodal officer, swine flu in Delhi government.
After media reports suggested that swine flu deaths in Delhi were owing to ventilator shortage, Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia clarified that no deaths have happened because of ventilator shortage.
“So far no deaths have happened because of ventilator shortage, as all the swine flu wards are well equipped. There is general shortage of ventilators but so far our hospitals are doing a good job of managing patients,” said Walia.
“We are in the process of procuring more ventilators in case any emergency.”
The government has also given a go-ahead for swine flu treatment to two more private hospitals — Jaipur Golden in Rohini and Sunder Lal Jain in Ashok Vihar.