Swine Flu Death:??????? Govt Seeks SKIMS Report On ‘Negligence’ In One Week

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Srinagar—The State Government on Thursday sought within a week a report from Director Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura on alleged negligence by its doctors regarding death of a college warden due to swine flu. 

At least five deaths have taken place due to the swine flu at SKIMS Soura here this year and warden became the latest victim. 

“I have sought a report in time bound manner within a week from Director SKIMS regarding the news report about the death of the college warden due to negligence of doctors,” Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development Social Welfare, Health & Medical Education Asiea Naqash said.

She said strict action would be taken in case casualness on part of doctors and other staff was proved.

The warden of Government Women Polytechnic College Bemina Srinagar was fifth victim of swine flu.

According to her family, she was suffering from acute cold and cough and was subsequently taken to SKIMS Medical College JVC where doctors asked her to undergo some tests but sent her home.

Next day, said her family, she underwent some tests and the JVC Hospital authorities referred her to Soura where she died.

The family and college authorities have accused SKIMS doctors of negligence and blamed them for her death.

In a Facebook post, the Polytechnic College principal Shafkat Ara wrote: “Destiny or Negligence: All is not good with our health care. SKIMS, being the premier name in the state’s medical world, have a lot to defend when it comes to the recent case of a demise of our College’s Warden.”

“Was our warden destined to die or was it mismanagement or Negligence. We need to introspect,” reads her Facebook post, seeking answers from SKIMS authorities.

Medical superintendent SKIMS Dr Syed Amin Tabish confirmed the deaths. He however said they were suffering from other diseases and H1N1 influenza.

“One among the patients was suffering from blood cancer. Another had intestine cut for treatment for cancer and there are other diseases and the H1N1 influenza adds to cause of deaths,” he said.

He denied charges of the deceased warden’s family and college authorities.

He also confirmed that five patients are presently under treatment and “all of them are stable.”

He said that it was imperative that the patient with severe symptoms report immediately to good hospital where facilities for treatment are available.

“There should not be delay. Normally there is tendency among patients and family members let us visit hospital tomorrow or day after tomorrow but they should immediately report to nearest good hospital,” he said.       

He said that cautions are required. Those having season flu are better advised to stay home and take rest, he said.

He said that people are also advised to take vaccine in September and October. “Those who have not taken it can do so in November particularly high risk patients like children below five years of age, pregnant women, elderly, people above 65 years of age, those suffering from chronic diseases,” he said.

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