Health dept groping in dark over death due to mystery infection

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2015 13:06 IST

Two days after a male nurse died of an unknown infection in a private hospital in Jodhpur, the district health department is yet to identify the cause and the source of infection.

Moreover, the department is yet to receive information about the patients in the ICU of the hospital in the last fortnight, while the hospital is awaiting the report of the blood samples of these patients that were sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

Chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Dr Yuddhveer Singh said no new patient with the unknown virus infection turned up on Tuesday and assured that the situation was under control. The patients undergoing treatmentat Ahmedabad and at AIIMS, New Delhi, are also believed to be out of danger.

Meanwhile, questions are being raised at Goyal Hospital, which had denied the spread of the infection in its ICU and had failed to disclose information on the patients who had contracted the virus infection two days ago.

The CMHO said the hospital had not submitted information regarding patients suffering from hemorrhagic fever in the last fortnight. Hemorrhagic fever is a notified disease and every hospital is bound to inform to the department about the admission of such patients, Dr Singh said. He further said the department had asked the hospital to provide the records of all patients admitted to the hospital’s ICU.

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