Jammu SP dies of breathing disorder; swine flu suspected

By: | Published: February 20, 2015 8:30 AM

A superintendent of police in Jammu and Kashmir today died of respiratory disorder and doctors are awaiting his culture report to ascertain...

A superintendent of police in Jammu and Kashmir today died of respiratory disorder and doctors are awaiting his culture report to ascertain whether his death was due to swine flu.

“The patient was admitted in our hospital in a critical condition as he suffered from respiratory related disorder,” Dr SS Soodan, director ASCCMS&H Jammu told PTI.

The deceased, Sunil Gupta was SP (administration) at the Zonal Police Head quarter, Jammu.

When asked if it was a case of swine flu he said “Nothing can be ruled out right now as the culture report of the deceased is still awaited.”

He said that before being shifted to ASCCMS&H Jammu Gupta was admitted at the police hospital, “The case history was just five days old and he died because of ARDS which is a respiratory related disorder. We can only confirm whether the death is related to swine flu only after we get the culture report of the patient.”

“Gupta died in the hospital today, doctors are yet to confirm the cause of the death,” SSP Jammu Uttam Chand said.

In Kashmir valley two patients infected with H1N1 virus have died while over 70 persons have tested positive and are undergoing treatment.

“There have been two deaths so far of the patients who were infected with the H1N1 virus and 71 more patients have tested positive for the virus and are undergoing treatment,” Director, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Showkat Zargar said.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra today convened a meeting to take stock of the preparedness of health and medical education department to check swine flu cases in the state.

The Governor was informed that an isolation ward has been set up at the chest diseases hospital in Srinagar that is being equipped with dedicated CCU facilities.

This was in addition to the arrangements at SKIMS Srinagar where testing facility was already functioning.

“Likewise, a separate isolation ward has been set-up at Col Chopra nursing home, government medical college Jammu, with sample collection facility and a separate flu OPD has been started in Medicine OPD of Medical College Jammu” a Raj Bhawan spokesperson said, adding, round the clock control rooms have been established at Barzulla and Jammu.

On being informed that presently no testing facility was available in Jammu, the Governor directed that urgent measures should be taken to set up the required testing facility in Medical College in Jammu.

Briefing the Governor about the state of preparedness, Secretary Health, Gazzanfar Hussain, informed that an action plan has been devised for dealing with H1N1 influenza and necessary directions have been issued by the respective director, health services, to all the CMOs and BMOs in the state.

“The action plan envisages the setting up of isolation wards with four to six beds at the district hospitals and with two to three beds at the CH Centres,” he said.

Meanwhile, a total of 275 samples have been tested for H1N1 virus out of which 71 patients have been found positive

“Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical sciences have so far taken 670 samples of persons from different parts of the state and tested 275 samples, out of which 71 patients had tested positive for swine flu virus,” the spokesperson said.

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