The suspected influenza A H1N1, also known as Swine Flu, cases have begun to surface in Ghaziabad district, with a 47-year-old woman dying of health complications at a private hospital on Monday afternoon. District chief medical officer (CMO) said that 2-3 more suspected cases of the viral infection have been reported in the district so far.
The hospital authorities at Yashoda Hospital at Nehru Nagar in Ghaziabad said that the woman tested positive for Swine Flu and succumbed on Monday afternoon.
“She arrived with complications of breathlessness, restlessness and other Swine Flu symptom, and died a day later. SheHer swab sample tested positive for the H1N1 virus. We have sent her samples to the health department,” said Dr Sangeeta Sharma, chief medical superintendent at Yashoda Hospital.
She added that they also have one more patient, a 64-year-old male, admitted in the hospital, who is also a suspected Swine Flu case. The patient is reported to have arrived from Bareilly.
CMO Dr Ajay Agarwal on Tuesday said that he will get “the death case of the woman inquired through further tests. I will have to confirm whether the hospital has sent us the samples or not. The city has 2-3 more cases are reported so far.”
With several suspected cases coming to light, district health department claims that they have sufficient stock of the anti-viral medicine, Oseltamivir, which is used to treat Swine Flu cases, stored at the centralized medical store at Sanjay Nagar hospital.
“We have stocked up nearly 1500 capsules each of 75mg, 45mg and 30mg as stock available at the store. Nearly 1000 of syrups are also available for treatment of children,” district malaria officer (DMO) GK Mishra said.
However, the earlier direction of decentralizing the testing facilities to primary health centers and community health centers has not taken shape so far. Under the directions, the the Primary Health Centres (PHC) and Community Health Centres (CHC) at Modi Nagar, Loni, Murad Nagar, Dasna and Bhojpur were to have Swine Flu testing kits available for testing of suspected samples.
“The testing kits are not available at PHC and CHC so far. We are awaiting patients to turn up and will immediately send the kits. The directions were issued in December, 2015,” DMO said.
The testing facilities were ordered to be decentralized in December, 2015, for the benefit of patients living in far flung areas, so that they get the facility at their door step.