2 wome succumb to H1N1 at SKIMS 2 more patients critical
SRINAGAR: Two women who were admitted at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) with suspected H1N1 influenza infection have succumbed at the hospital, while two other influenza patients continue to be critical.
A woman who was pregnant when she was admitted to SKIMS with suspected H1N1 influenza died at the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) of the hospital Wednesday night. Her unborn baby had died two weeks ago, when she was admitted to the hospital.
Doctors at the hospital said she was suspected to have H1N1 influenza but test for the infection could not be carried out as the two labs at the institute had run out of reagents when she was admitted. She was 30-year old.
Another woman, who suffered from leukemia, and suspected H1N1 infection, has also died at the Institute earlier this week. Her tests had also not been carried out.
Meanwhile two patients with H1N1 influenza continue to be critical at SKIMS. H1N1 influenza has proven to be more lethal in the past four months than what it was in 2015, when 26 people had died due to this infection. Many of the victims were pregnant women.
As per the hospital records, over 30 patients with H1N1 flu have died at SKIMS, the sole institute in Kashmir where high-end testing facility is available. Minister for health and medical education Bali Bhagat recently informed the assembly that 32 lives had been lost due to this viral infection.
Doctors have expressed concern over the poor uptake of vaccination for flu, even by the groups that suffer a higher risk of influenza and related complications.