3 more swine flu deaths in Delhi, toll rises to nine


Three more deaths due to swine flu were reported in the national capital on Friday taking the toll to nine, officials said.

According to the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), two patients aged 69 and 51 years succumbed to the viral disease on Thursday in central Delhi’s BL Kapoor hospital and west Delhi’s Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, respectively.

“The point of concern is that while the 69-year-old admitted at BL Kapoor was also suffering from blood cancer, the other patient aged 51 was suffering from heart ailment. Swine flu complications intensified their problems,” said a DHS official.

The third death was of a 23-year-old pregnant woman, who was infected with swine flu while she was admitted to the Delhi government’s LNJP hospital during her pregnancy.

The woman, a resident of Krishna Nagar in east Delhi, was admitted to LNJP Hospital Feburary 5 and succumbed to the viral disease Feb 12.

According to the hospital’s medical superintendent, the death could not be reported due to lack of coordination between the hospital and the DHS.

Delhi recorded 2,060 cases of swine flu till Friday. The situation across India also worsened with the total number of positive cases reaching 11,955, with 743 deaths.