Three swine flu deaths in Delhi, 8 new cases reported

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New Delhi: Delhi Wednesday reported the third death caused by swine flu, and eight new cases, which prompted the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the city health department to hold a meeting to review the situation.

According to the health department, a 42-year-old woman from Uttam Nagar in west Delhi, and a 39-year-old man from Faridabad in the National Capital Region succumbed to swine flu Tuesday night.

Earlier, a 51-year-old woman died of swine flu Dec 26 at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

“The woman from Uttam Nagar died Tuesday night at a private hospital, while the Faridabad patient died at the east Delhi-based Deepak Memorial Hospital,” said Charan Singh, an official of the Delhi health department.

He said samples of both of the patients were confirmed at the NCDC.

Eight fresh cases were reported in the capital Wednesday. Among the inflicted were three women and five men.

With the fresh cases, the capital has this year witnessed 22 cases of swine flu.

“The three women were a 66-year-old from Madangir, a 33-year old from Sangam Vihar and a 23-year-old from Greater Kailash,” Charan Singh told IANS.

The five men were include a 48-year-old from the JNU campus, a 71-year old from Laxmi Nagar, a 57-year-old from Rajouri Garden, a 62-year-old from Masjid Moth and a 24-year- old from Chattarpur.

The patients were under constant medication and close observation of medical experts.

Following the deaths and the fresh cases, the NCDC and the city health department Wednesday held a meeting to review the situation.

“Training started today (Wednesday) on wards for health staff at every government and selected private hospitals on how to handle swine flu cases,” Charan Singh said.

“Health secretary S.C.L. Das has also decided to review the training sessions at every hospital Thursday onwards, both by visiting the hospitals and also over the phone,” he said.

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