Delhi Government puts Swine-flu toll at 5, Hospitals Report over 40 Deaths


India is a well developing country which has done very good works in the field development but there are various factor which are restricting our path like diseases. Delhi is one of the city which +is highly affected with diseases. If we consider the official records, it says only five people have died of the viral illness so far this year, a random check with five top hospitals in the capital discloses more than 40 deaths in the past two months. Some other hospitals refused to divulge information on deaths and this is a serious issue which has to be handle.

All the hospitals that shared records with us, according to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) had recorded the maximum numbers of deaths at 22, of which 13 patients were from Delhi, seven from Uttar Pradesh and two from Haryana. So it is not only Delhi’s problem but other states are also facing that problem.

If we ruminate Safdarjung hospital, 11 patients of swine flu were recorded to have died -five from Delhi and the rest from neighbouring states and AIIMS officials also said there have been four swine flu deaths in the hospital in the month of August alone.

Private hospitals, are also in this list, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) told that there were four and three deaths due to the disease, respectively.

There are so many private hospitals and some government hospitals said no to share the report of swine flu patient they gave the reason that the data had been sent to the authorities which are concerned about it. An official of a top private hospital said.

“Last year, we faced a lot of harassment for sharing data on dengue deaths with the media,” Off the record, the official said more than seven people had died of swine flu at their hospital this year. When it has been asked by the state government officials they said that many peoples from the other state. An official said that many deaths have taken place in the central government hospitals but they refused to share the records of the case.

The official said that records tell us that, 15 swine flu-related deaths had been reported from various hospitals of which five were confirmed to have been caused by the viral illness.

It is very essential to notice this disease because people will be take care of that. A senior doctor said that all the reports should make properly and have to make people aware of the situation so they should take care of this problem.

Last year, the committee set up by the Delhi government to review cases of deaths attributed to dengue and chikungunya had said co-morbid conditions had led to death in many cases. Some reports of death sent from hospitals were rejected due to “lack of records”.

Swine flu assumed epidemic proportions in 2009 for the first time and since then there have been sporadic outbreaks of the disease, caused by the H1N1 virus, across the country.

But this year, the disease appears to have a strong comeback claiming more than 900 lives across the country in the past eight months, with nearly 20,000 people being infected. Maharashtra and Gujarat are the worst affected with 404 and 190 deaths, respectively .

In Delhi, officials say, about 1300 people have tested positive for swine flu and five have died. Clinicians suspect the H1N1 virus, which causes swine flu, may have mutated. The disease initially spread through pigs but now transmits from human to human.

Officials of Union health ministry said government has put Oseltamivir, marketed as Tamiflu, in schedule H1to enable it to be sold by all licensed chemists under prescription. The drug was earlier in schedule X, wherein only certain selected pharmacists were authorized to stock it. Symptoms of swine flu are similar to common viral illnesses. But the intensity is higher. Doctors say those suffering from asthma, diabetes and other pre-existing illness are vulnerable to serious manifestations and preventive flu vaccination is suggested. “Regular follow-up with doctors is important. Patients often delay visiting the doctor which leads to complications and in some cases, death,” said Dr Arup Basu, senior chest physician at SGRH.


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