Adding to the woes of an embattled health department in Pune, a 21-year-old youth with suspected swine flu left government-owned Sassoon Hospital without the knowledge of the hospital authorities and has been listed as an 'absconding' patient.
According to hospital officials, the patient was first seen at Jehangir Hospital which referred him to civic Naidu Hospital for H1N1 testing. Doctors at Naidu Hospital who took his throat swabs sent him to Sassoon for admission Friday night from where he disappeared.
His test report was still awaited and Sassoon Hospital authorities have informed the police about the patient who had not given complete address, officials said.
In another incident, a German woman reportedly left Aundh General Hospital on Thursday, where she was admitted for swine flu, complaining about the arrangements there and was later readmitted by her contact.