Thirty-two-year-old Ajay Kumar, a resident of Jalandhar, died in CMCH because of swine flu on Saturday afternoon.
He is the second patient in Punjab to die of swine flu. The total of patients diagnosed with swine flu in Ludhiana has reached 10; they have been admitted to various hospitals. Out of these, three are from Ludhiana and the rest have been referred from other parts of the state.
On Saturday, three fresh patients were confirmed positive: a 68-year-old male patient of Kapurthala, a 55-year-old from Hoshiarpur in DMC, and a 58-year-old admitted to SPS Apollo hospital. In CMCH’s isolation ward, eight suspected patients are still admitted.
A meeting was organised by the health department to discuss arrangements related to swine flu and district epidemiologist Anil Verma asked the hospital authorities to gear up. He said that so far Ludhiana district had 59 beds and 28 ventilators in isolation wards meant for swine flu patients.
He asked the hospitals to collect blood samples of suspected patients and send them to the civil surgeon’s office till 5 pm so that the next morning they could be sent to PGI, Chandigarh.
Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani, however, claimed that the state was fully geared up and had made all arrangements to tackle swine flu patients. He asked the health authorities to have regular co-ordination with the private hospitals.