Swine flu in J&K: Sr. Doctor who was airlifted succumbs to swine flu in Delhi

Jammu, Feb 26 (PTI) A senior doctor who was in a critical condition after having tested positive for swine flu here, passed away today in a hospital in New Delhi where he had been airlifted, a health official said. "We have come to know that Dr Bupinder Singh who had tested positive for swine flu and was admitted in GMC hospital in Jammu expired in New Delhi where he was airlifted this afternoon, but so far we don't have any official confirmation of his death," Director Health services Jammu, Dr Baljeet Pathania told PTI. Read: Not just Indians, now foreign residents showing signs and symptoms of swine flu.

Meanwhile, two more patients with symptoms similar to that of swine flu were admitted to Government Medical College hospital today, thus taking the total number of admitted patients to 22. "Today, 59 patients with flu like symptoms visited the OPD here out of which two were admitted in the hospital. So far we have 22 patients admitted in the isolation ward of our hospital," Dr RR Paul Medical superintendent GMC said. Pathania said the health department today collected 21 more samples that were sent to Delhi for investigation. Read: Swine flu in J&K: H95 masks sold at Rs 350, public outraged.

"We are expecting to get 84 reports but the reports have not reached so far but we might now get the test reports by the morning," Pathania added. Meanwhile, the government today said a total of 9092 patients have so far visited the OPD in the two medical colleges and various hospitals of the state. "Today only 1533 patients were seen in OPD of various hospitals, including 1242 in Kashmir and 291 in Jammu," an official Raj Bhawan spokesman said. He said out of the total 132 samples taken for H1N1 in Jammu division, nine cases have been tested positive. "Reports of 20 people have turned out to be negative, while 25 patients have been admitted in various hospitals in Jammu," he said. Read: Swine flu in J&K: Death toll reaches 7, supplies rushed to the state.

The spokesperson said in SKIMS Srinagar, 195 patients were seen in OPD and nine samples were taken for tests. "In Srinagar nine cases have tested positive for H1N1 Influenza and two patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. 11 patients are admitted in the Isolation Ward," he said. Meanwhile a team of experts comprising Dr NS Dharamshakti additional director general Emergency Medical Relief Division, Directorate General of Health Services, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Dr S K Jain, Joint Director, National Centre for Disease Control has been deputed to the state by the Central government to assess the H1N1 Influenza situation.
"The team has been deputed to provide technical support and guidance for instituting public health measures here," he said.

Source: PTI

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