A 19-year-old pregnant woman succumbed to swine flu at Sion Hospital on Thursday, taking the total H1N1 death toll in the city this July to 14. Civic officials blamed delay in seeking treatment for her death.
Malaria also killed a 24-year-old man from Naigaon, Dadar, on Wednesday. The mosquito-borne disease has claimed 12 lives and infected more than nine thousand Mumbaiites so far this month. Another 128 patients were admitted to various city hospitals with suspected malaria on Friday.
The swine flu patient had first been admitted to a private hospital on July 15 and was shifted to Sion Hospital on July 16.
"There seems to have been a delay in seeking treatment the patient had been suffering from fever for a few days before she was admitted to the private hospital. She was administered a complete course of Tamiflu at Sion Hospital, but it was too late by then," said Dr Girish Ambe, executive health officer of the BMC.
The state government has called the heads of private and public hospitals for a meeting on Saturday to discuss strategies for dealing with swine flu.
Eighteen more people, including five children, tested positive for swine flu on
Friday, taking the total number of H1N1 cases this month to 356.
The municipal corporation is planning to set up an additional 20-bed isolation ward at Kasturba Hospital in Chinchpokli for treating serious cases of swine flu and other infectious diseases.
"The ward will be ready before the next monsoon," said Dr Ambe.
He added that Rs 70 lakh had been sanctioned for the ward and they were in the process of floating tenders for the construction.
The ward will be equipped with ventilators, monitors and and other equipment that is necessary to deal with complications of infectious diseases.
"Kasturba doctors have to transfer serious patients to the Intensive Care Unit at Nair Hospital. That will not be required once the ward is ready," said Dr Ambe.
Among other rain-related illnesses, civic hospitals also recorded 287 cases of fever, 98 cases of gastroenteritis, two cases of leptospirosis and three cases of dengue on Friday.