28 H1N1 deaths reported in 2017: Govt

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The government on Monday said that 28 deaths were reported during the last year at SKIMS Soura in Srinagar.
This was revealed by health and medical education minister Bali Baghat in reply to a calling attention motion submitted by NC leader and MLA Khanyar, Ali Muhammad Sagar.
The health minister in his reply said 28 deaths were reported out 137 patients registered in SKIMS last year.
“107 patients with swine flu were discharged while as two are still admitted in the SKIMS hospital,” he said.
Interestingly, Swine influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that normally affects pigs. It is caused by H1N1 strains of swine influenza, virus.
“While it is not usual for people to get swine flu, human infections do occasionally happen mainly after close contact with infected pigs,” the minister in his reply said.
The minister said the government has taken several preventive measures regarding H1N1 which include establishment of separate isolation wards in government medical college Jammu as well as Srinagar which are equipped with central oxygen, air suction supply and ventilator.
“A full-fledged testing laboratory along with separate ward has been constructed at the cost of Rs 9.88 crore at CD hospital Srinagar which is functional. Separate trained staff is deployed round the clock and H1N1 testing laboratory is functional at GMC Jammu as well where rapid tests for H1N1 diagnoses are conducted,” he said.
The minister was however slammed by the NC Ali Muhammad Sagar and said the government was non-serious in handling the cases of H1N1 patients.
“Government was not aware of it till 22 deaths of N1H1 patients were reported in SKIMS,” he said, adding that government didn’t admit that the deaths caused due to H1N1 flu.
“28 deaths is not a joke but government is not taking serious measures,” he said.
The minister admitted that the department has not sent a detailed reply to the House and said 28 patients diagnosed with H1N1 flu were admitted in hospital with other multiple ailments. “But they developed H1N1 which was founded later,” he said.
The minister said they are making improvements with time to time to control swine flu.
Meanwhile, Ali Muhammad Sagar castigated the minister saying that he (minister) has never visited the laboratory to check whether it was functioning properly.
“You never visited SKIMS during the period when patients were dying because of H1N1 flu. I have confirmed it from your officials. It speaks volumes about your non seriousness," Sagar told health minister.

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