A Ferozepur woman died of swine flu at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here on Saturday, taking the total number of such deaths in Ludhiana to 10.
The 58-year-old was admitted to the hospital on January 19. The health department intensified its awareness campaign on swine flu after three more patients were found positive on Friday taking the number of such patients from across the state admitted to Ludhiana hospitals to 14.
The health department receives a daily report of suspected swine flu cases. As soon as a suspected patient is admitted to a hospital here, his samples are sent to Chandigarh for tests. Once it is confirmed that he is suffering from swine flu, he is put on medication.
Three such patients--a man from Samrala admitted to SPS Hospital and two women from Ferozepur and Moga admitted to DMCH--were found suffering from swine flu. On January 26, a Faridkot woman had died of the disease at DMCH.
District epidemiologist Dr Ramesh Bhagat said even as awareness was being spread in the district and elsewhere, the number of patients had not gone down. “We are receiving patients on a regular basis, which is a cause for concern,” he said, adding that people, especially the old, children and pregnant women, should protect themselves as their immune system is weak.
Meanwhile, the health department has installed hoardings educating people about the precautions against swine flu at 24 areas in the city. It has also distributed around 50,000 pamphlets.