The dreaded swine flu claimed the life of a 40-year-old man on Saturday. This is the second death in the city this year.
Anwar Shaikh, a resident of Kalyan West, was admitted in a critical condition to BMC-run Kasturba Hospital, Chinchpokli.
“He were at Nitayanand nursing home in Kalyan on August 29. His throat swab samples were sent to a laboratory for swine flu testing,” said Firoz Khan, the deceased’s friend. Shaikh tested positive for the H1N1 virus on August 30 when the test report arrived.
Shaikh, a rickshaw driver, was admitted to Nitayanand nursing home with cough, cold, fever and breathlessness had been on a ventilator since August 29. “After testing positive for swine flu, the hospital asked us to shift Shaikh to either NMMC Hospital or BMC’s Kasturba hospital as they did not have an isolation facility. We approached NMMC hospital but they refused,” said Khan.
Shaikh’s condition worsened after he was shifted to Kasturba Hospital. “Shaikh died within an hour of being admitted,” said Dr Mangala Gomare, epidemiologist, BMC. “We will inform the Kalyan Municipal Corporation to register an H1N1 death,” said Gomare.
Till August, 46 people in Mumbai were detected positive for swine flu; however none succumbed to the virus. Out of 533 people across the state who were detected, 124 succumbed.
According to data available with the state health department, over five lakh people were screened for the H1N1 virus, of which 39,476 suspected cases received presumptive antiviral treatment, 4452 of them were admitted in hospitals. “In Maharashtra, we are screening every person with swine flu-like symptoms and administering Tamiflu treatment on suspicion,” said Dr VD Khanande, state joint director (health), Pune.