Warden Becomes Victim Of Swine Flu, SKIMS ‘Negligence’

Srinagar—A warden of reputed government college died of “swine flu” at SKIMS, the only tertiary care hospital in Srinagar. 

According to her family, she was suffering from acute cold and cough and they took her to SKIMS (JVC) Bemina.  She was prescribed some tests which were done, the family says. 

Subsequently, she was referred to SKIMS Soura with suspected swine flu. However the doctors who attended upon her at SKIMS Soura, the family says, asked her to go home and come the next day for some tests. 

The next day, she was taken to hospital, as advised, but she couldn’t recover and died on the same day.

The discharge death attributed the death due to “cardio pulmonary arrest (heart attack) and septic shock.” 

The government has been repeatedly advising people to immediately report to hospitals if swine flu symptoms appear. 

The family members alleged that it was the negligence of the doctors that led to the warden’s death.

“If she was suffering from Swine flu, why was she not referred to Soura instantly when we reported at JVC” the family says.

“Why was she sent home from Soura? Why was no level of emergency shown by the doctors who handled the case? The patient died in Soura the other day.”

They also questioned that if it was the case of swine flu, why do the authorities at Soura “hush up” the details?

“Doesn’t the family have the right to know the cause of death of their beloved family member?” they asked.

The swine flu has a tendency to affect family members. “By hiding that she was suffering from swine flu, they not only abdicated their duty, the doctors also put other family doctors at risk,” they said, adding, “We would have taken precautionary measures. If god forbid any other family member suffers from swine flu or dies, isn’t government responsible for another negligent death” they said and demand stern action against those responsible for the negligent death. 

Repeated attempts to contact medical superintendent SKIMS Soura did not fructify. However, sources said that so far five deaths have taken place at SKIMS due to swine flu and three of them victims belong to Budgam, and one each from Ganderbal and Srinagar.      

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