After the death of 52-year old trade union leader due to swine flu on Monday, panic spread in the city with several people thronging the government run medical college and hospital for testing their blood.
Shriram Zade (52), a well-known trade union leader has died of swine flu at the hospital in Nagpur on Monday. This is the first confirmed swine flu death in Vidarbha region. A sixty-year old woman, who had suffered serious body pain, fever, cough and headache, died at the hospital from complications related to swine flu last month but the hospital sources later clarified that the death was not because of H1N1 virus.
Chaos prevailed at the hospital on Tuesday as hundreds of people wearing masks and gloves stood in long queues waiting to be tested for the dreaded flu.
Zhade, the victim, was shifted to the medical college and hospital from a private hospital on Saturday with severe infection in lungs and flu-like symptoms. Zade, an employee of local Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) at Umred and a prominent leader of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), had expressed to donate his body to the medical college for the benefit of the medical students instead of allowing burning it in pyre.
Dr Dipti Dongaonkar, the dean of the hospital has confirmed the first case of swine flu and informed that the blood test that was sent to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology a couple of days ago had given a positive report. The victim was brought in a critical condition to the hospital on Saturday and was on ventilator till he died, she added.
The deceased had a history of heart problem and had after contracting the H1N1 virus, doctors said, he developed severe respiratory problems that they were unable to treat which in turn led to the multiple organ failure from which he died.
Meanwhile, as many as 10 new positive cases were found in the city.
Dongaonkar said that two swine flu positive patients at the hospital were in critical stage. The condition of others who tested positive is said to be stable and out of danger.