Pregnant woman dies of suspected swine flu Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Indicating the
revival of swine flu cases in Chhattisgarh, a 20-year-old pregnant woman died on
Monday evening due to suspected H1N1 virus at Ambedkar hospital here.
Since the final report
on her swab test is still awaited, hospital authorities are yet not confirming
the cause of death due to swine flu, even though she had its symptoms.
According to doctors, the woman, who hails from Bhilai, was admitted to
Ambedkar hospital on Monday evening after her condition deteriorated at Durg
She was reportedly
brought to the hospital in an unconscious state and was admitted to the
isolation ward, doctors said.
Though this is the
first case of suspected swine flu death in the state this summer, the H1N1
virus had claimed nearly 27 lives since January this year. Over 160 positive cases
of swine flu were detected during the same period.
Health department fails
to keep record of notifiable diseases
department, in spite of spurt in the number of patients suffering from serious
diseases like cancer, kidney failure, heart ailments and diabetics, allegedly
has failed to keep record of notifiable diseases required by law to be reported
to government authorities.
According to sources,
the collation of information allows the authorities to monitor the disease, and
provides early warning of possible outbreaks. It helps a lot the medical
officials, doctors as well as entire health department in many ways in
controlling diseases. This will provide detailed official data on severe
diseases and mortality, which would help identifying the trend in different
information could be utilised in making strategy for taking policy decisions at
government level and focus on regions that need more attention on severe or
critical diseases control policies. On the basis of incidence pattern, it would
also be easy to set up more number of cancer centres, heart treatment centers,
dialysis centers and other treatment facilities, the sources added.
In many other states
like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland,
Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, this system has been introduced since 2011. With
this system, these states have managed to identify patients suffering from
serious diseases at an early stage and provide treatment on time and
subsequently have registered a decline in the number of patients suffering from
these diseases. In fact, many cancer as well as kidney patients get a new lease
of life because of early detection of the disease.
Renowned oncologist Dr
M Rai said, “At present we do not have reliable data about the exact disease
burden of cancer in different parts of Chhattisgarh. Making cancer a notifiable
disease will provide us with detailed official data on cancer incidences and
help identify trends in all parts of the state. This information can be
utilised to make strategy by taking policy decisions at government level.”
Dr PK Gupta, renowned nephrologist
states that “Our estimates are based on registries of this disease and hospital
based data. But reporting kidney ailment cases to registries is not mandatory.
Hence chances of underreporting cannot be denied. But if made all such severe
diseases as notifiable diseases then it will be compulsory for every doctor or
nursing home to report every patient of these diseases to the state.”
Findings on all these
diseases are based on empirical data and statistical research collated by
various government agencies and non-government organisations covering
registries in five divisions, Raipur, Durg, Sarguja, Bastar and Bilaspur