The death of a 59-year-old man, who was undergoing treatment for swine flu at Safdarjung Hospital, is believed to be the first case of a patient succumbing to the H1N1 virus in the national capital this season.
The man, from Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh, died due to respiratory distress. However, the Delhi government’s health department is yet to confirm that the man died due to swine flu.
The patient was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition on October 7 and kept in the ICU, said hospital authorities, adding that he died on the same night. “The patient’s condition was critical… he had tested positive for swine flu,” said medical superintendent Dr A K Rai.
Another swine flu patient — a middle-aged woman from outside Delhi — has also been admitted at Safdarjung hospital’s ICU, said sources. In the last two weeks, four patients have tested positive for H1N1, said AIIMS doctors.
“All four patients are being treated in the respiratory medicine department. No patient from Delhi has so far been admitted for swine flu, but two patients are being treated in the out-patient department,” said a senior doctor from the hospital.
Two other patients of swine flu, from Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, were admitted in the ICU of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital last week. “The patients are in a critical condition and have been on ventilator support,” said a senior official.
Last season, over 4,259 people had been diagnosed with H1N1 and 12 people had succumbed to the disease, in the worst outbreak since 2009.