A 39-year old man succumbed to swine flu at the D Y Patil Hospital in Nerul.
Nazrul Islam Abdul Shaikh was admitted to MGM Hospital at CBD Belapur after he complained of high fever on August 23.
Subsequent tests conducted on him showed that he was suffering from swine flu.
After his health deteriorated, Shaikh was shifted to D Y Patil Hospital on Thursday morning where he succumbed, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporations chief health officer Dr Deepak Paropkari said.
The Maharashtra Public Health Department has recommended to the Center to allow pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy to start H1N1 sample test in the state.
“Ranbaxy and Metropolis had approached us to start swine flu testing. Our team visited their premises to check if they followed protocol set by the central government. We have now recommended the center to allow Ranbaxy to undertake these tests,” said additional chief secretary, public health department Sharvaree Gokhale.
Family members of 27-year-old swine flu patient who had delivered a stillborn baby have shifted her from Kasturba Hospital to Bombay Hospital.
“Kasturba Hospital didn’t have trained specialists and equipments to take care of our patient. After we shifted her, she is doing much better and the doctor even told us that she has stabilised to some extent,” said a relative.
Meanwhile, five more patients suspected of swine flu are critical at Hiranandani Hospital.
Twenty-six more tested positive for H1N1 while 258 patients out of 756 screened were given Tamiflu at civic hospital.
Throat swab samples of 22 patients were collected.