SHIMLA/ APRIL 25
Second Swine flu death was reported in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday with the nasopharyngeal sample of a 66 year old woman Shimla district, who had died on Monday evening within an hour she was brought to the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) hospital here in critical condition, testing positive for the virus.
Chyanu Devi, who hailed from Mandhol village in Jubbal tehsil of Shimla, had been suffering from breathlessness from early last week.
“Since we had preserved the sample before her death on Monday evening, we put it on the Swine flu test today. It tested positive. Two other samples put on the test were however negative,” said Medical Superintendent at IGMC hospital Dr. KS Rana.
The first Swine flu death in this year was reported in Himachal on April 7 and that too was of a 55 year old woman from Sarkaghat in Mandi.
State Epidemiologist and the State Surveillance Officer Dr. Omesh Bharti said the Chief Medical Officer Shimla had been asked to immediately send team to Mandhol village in Jubbal for prophylactic treatment (Tamiflu) of the close contacts of the woman, who died of Swine flu. “So far we have tested 40 samples from the state at IGMC, out of which only two tested positive. Both have died. In the first case, the patient had died two-three days after she was put on Swine flu treatment at IGMC,” he said.
IGMC has a WHO accredited lab for testing of Swine flu, but it’s the only one in Himachal.
According to information, the State Surveillance unit had sounded an alert in Himachal Pradesh in the wake of Swine flu cases in Maharashtra earlier this year. The directions had been issued to all the Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) and Medical Colleges to be vigilant and test all influenza like cases for Swine flu.
“All districts have enough stocks of medicines, protective equipment and masks as we were fully prepared to handle any such situation. There is no need to panick,” said the State Surveillance Officer.
Some cases of Swine flu were reported in Himachal last year also.