Seven persons have died due to swine flu cases in Telangana this year and as many as 169 patients are currently undergoing treatment for the H1N1 virus at various hospitals, an official said on Tuesday. “From January 1, we have 169 confirmed cases of swine flu.
There have been seven deaths due to the disease this month.
Last year, there were 11 deaths in Telangana and 5 deaths in Andhra Pradesh,” Dr K Subhakar, swine flu coordinator of Telangana and pulmonology professor, said. Subhakar said they have started carrying out swine flu test for most of the patients suffering from flu, even though it is not necessary as per Central government guidelines.
The situation appears to be grim in the state capital Hyderabad. According to Dr K Narasimhulu, coordinator for swine flu at Gandhi Hospital, here, 27 patients of swine flu are currently undergoing treatment in the state-run hospital while 35 cases are under investigation for suspected influenza.
Three more patients in Gandhi Hospital and two in Osmania General Hospital succumbed to H1N1 on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 12 in Telangana.
On Tuesday, the Institute of Preventive Medicine reported 50 positive H1N1 cases, which takes the total number of cases in January to 213.
The 30-year-old woman who died in the Gandhi Hospital was brought in a very critical condition from a private hospital. She was on ventilator support and died before she could be admitted. Angry family members staged a dharna outside the hospital.
The other deaths on Tuesday were those of a 35-year-old man from Mahbubnagar, a 40-year-old woman from Asifnagar, and two women, aged 34 and 36 from Shantinagar and Jeedimetla.