Chandigarh is in the grip of swine flu and the situation seems to be getting worse as the city witnessed another swine flu death case on Monday. The deceased was a 56-year-old UT police head constable who took his last breath at GMCH-32 on Monday afternoon.
As per the doctors Jasbir Singh, was at high risk, as he was suffering from both diabetes and hypertension. A resident of the Police Lines, Sector 26, the UT cop was taken to the hospital at a late stage.
Jasbir Singh was taken to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16 after his condition deteriorated on Saturday. He was given medicines and was discharged. After which he was again rushed to GMSH-16 late night by his family. Jasbir was shifted to GMCH-32 on Monday morning where the doctors didn’t even bother to examine him for at least 45 minutes, says his son.
Earlier Swine Flu deaths in the city
With the death of Jasbir, the death toll due to Swine Flu rose to three in the city. The first swine flu death was reported on July 14 when a 42-year-old man from Sector 37, Shyam Verma, breathed his last at PGI. The city beautiful witnessed another death on June 25 when a 60-year-old woman from Maloya died at GMCH-32. Meanwhile, a total of 13 people has been tested positive for the disease.
Last week, three PGI doctors tested positive for Swine flu from departments of nephrology, psychiatry and pediatric medicine. One of the doctors contracted the flu from her five-year-old baby. The condition of all four of them is stated to be stable now.
The symptoms of Swine Flu are similar to that of the common cold: a sore throat, cold, cough, persistent high fever and difficulty in breathing. One should not take these symptoms lightly and consult a doctor. In case fever persists and there is difficulty in breathing, the patient should visit the screening centers at government Hospitals.
Health Advisory for people to stay safe
It is advisable to keep away from mass gatherings. For people who are suffering from a sore throat and fever should immediately seek medical assistance. Abstain yourself from coughing or sneezing in public without covering your nose or mouth. One must take healthy diet and adequate rest. Personal hygiene should be maintained by washing your hands properly. Proper distance should be maintained while visiting hospitals or public gathering.