In the first swine flu death in the city, a 42-year-old woman from Bhaskar Colony in Sector 25 died at PGI on Wednesday night.
A team of health officials visited the area on Thursday morning and administered tamiflu tablets to 22 persons who had come in close contact with the woman, identified as Asha. Health teams conducted surveillance in 300 houses in the close vicinity of her house.
“Health officials checked people for flu-like symptoms, which are fever, cough, sneezing, breathlessness and convulsions,” said Dr Anil Garg, nodal officer of the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme in Chandigarh.
He said that they could not find out the source of infection of the woman as she did not have any travel history, nor had she come in contact with any infected person.
“The patient had been suffering from fever, cough, cold and breathlessness for the last few days. She thought she had TB and was undergoing treatment in a private clinic. However, on Tuesday, after her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to PGI and on Wednesday night she died. Her test report confirmed that she had swine flu,” said the nodal officer.
Health secretary Anurag Agarwal called a high-profile meeting, where nodal officers from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, officials from GMCH-32 and the director of health services were present.
He instructed that officials must ensure that there was sufficient availability of tamiflu tablets and screening facilities continued without any disruption. If required, the number of isolation wards could be increased.
In all, five cases of swine flu have been reported in the city so far.