35-year-old suspected swine flu patient dies

  • Shaheen P Parshad, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Feb 08, 2015 20:39 IST

Rajwinder Kaur (35), a resident of Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdpasur, a suspected swine flu patient, died at the isolation ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here late Saturday night.

The city has so far seen four suspected swine flu deaths, while three died of swine flu.

Even as her test reports are awaited, the doctors attending on Rajwinder Kaur said she died of multiple problems caused by decreasing immunity.

Meanwhile, Ranju Sharma (35), a Batala Road resident, has been tested positive for swine flu, while Chanda Devi, a city resident, has been admitted to a hospital with symptoms akin to those of H1N1.

Dr NS Neki, professor of medicine at Government Medical College, who is also the in charge of the swine flu ward, said Rajwinder Kaur’s test reports were awaited.

He said Ranju Sharma had been tested positive for swine flu. “Her nasal and throat swabs were sent to a lab in Chandigarh for testing, but these were returned by the lab. The testing was later done at a Ranbaxy lab, which confirmed her as a positive case of swine flu,” said Dr Neki.

On Saturday, 41-year-old Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Sultanwind, breathed his last at the isolation ward of the hospital.

In the meantime, medical education and research minister Anil Joshi visited the hospital to take stock of the facilities.

Joshi’s visit came in the wake of charges of negligence levelled against the doctors by kin of patients, who died at the isolation ward.

The minister issued strict instructions to the doctors that no negligence would be tolerated in the treatment swine flu cases.

Joshi urged the people to not panic over the issue of swine flu and come forward to spread awareness about its prevention.

He added that efforts were being made to provide infrastructure and medicines to deal with swine flu.

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